Speaker: Fathima Wakeel, PhD, MPH
Title: Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs
Company/School: Lehigh University College of Health
Brief Bio: Dr. Fathima Wakeel is an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Programs at Lehigh University’s College of Health. Prior to coming to Lehigh University, she was an Associate Professor of Public Health at Ferris State University’s College of Health Professions. Dr. Wakeel has a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and completed her postdoctoral training in health disparities research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Topic: Framing Population Health Disparities during the COVID-19 Pandemic Using Maternal and Child Health Epidemiological Approaches
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has had multifaceted and disproportionately pronounced impacts on vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, low-income individuals, the elderly, the immunocompromised, and those with underlying chronic physical and mental health conditions. While clinical and public health services rightly focus on responding to the immediate needs of communities, we also have the opportunity and responsibility to harness data to examine the long-term and multidimensional impacts of the pandemic on vulnerable populations. I will discuss how maternal and child health theory and methods can inform multidisciplinary data science practices to improve the health of individuals across the life course and promote health equity among all segments of the population.