he first day I wheeled through the doors of my public health fellowship at Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research, I was immersed in an environment that used evidence-based research to guide its clinical practice, which is a process known as translational research.
Over the past several weeks, our attention has been directed to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the Southeast and the wildfires in the West. These tragic events have resulted in injury, illness, death, and displacement.
“We cannot answer any question of relevance or impact without using mixed methods.” With that declaration, Ruth Enid Zambrana, PhD, set the tone for a panel on the value of mixed methodology research to promote health equity at the New Connections 2017 Symposium.
If quantitative methods are the “head” of a study, qualitative methods are the “heart.” Each performs a critical function, and helps researchers glean a richer, more contextual understanding of an issue so they can better serve the health of their communities.
While most people tend to spend more time inside, many public health studies focus on the outside world. But when analyzing health risks associated with what researchers call the “built environment,” both venues are important to examine.