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.
She was the oldest of 11 children, and her family didn’t own a television or a radio. With no modern sources of entertainment, Torres spent most of her childhood roaming through farms, of which there were plenty. Her rural community’s main economic source was agriculture.