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Half-birthday for Diversity Club

For the last six months I’ve made brief mentions of the happenings of IHME “Diversity Club” on Healthy Algorithms. What is it?

I’m not sure if I mentioned, but I’m a co-chair of the Department of Global Health Diversity Committee, and we had a strategic retreat in December, where we identified “Training (Stand-alone and in curriculum)” as one of our top three priorities. We had a good brainstorm on ways to advance this priority, and an idea that stuck with me from it was “Different types of workshops, trainings, dialogues (format and topic – individual, structural, policy)”

Diversity Club is a different type of workshop. It has low-overhead. It is regularly recurring. And it has drawn a range of interest, depending on the time of year, the topic, and the competing priorities around IHME.

You can see some of the things we’ve discussed tagged diversity club on HA

Looking back on them, discussing The Invisible Knapsack was the one I was most nervous about it went fine.

Counter-measures for implicit bias left me the most optimistic about the possibility of positive change

I’ll report back again at a year.

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To read: Building Sustainable Financing Structures for Population Health: Insights from Non-Health Sectors

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Righter signatures in Jupyter

Did you know you can change the signature of functions dynamically in Python 3? It is a bit nasty, and maybe will make things look nicer for vivarium users.

SO question that got me started:

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Introducing Vivarium

I’ve had a new line of research developing for the last 18 months or so—*microsimulation*. It started when I stepped in to help with the “Cost Effectiveness Analysis with Microsimulation” (or CEAM) project at IHME. Now it is growing and growing to take over all of my research and recreation time. Is that bad or good?

Some of this work has now seen daylight from our presentations at SummerSim and iHEA in July, and today I am please to introduce a python package that you can use, too.

The programmers I’ve been working with on this convinced me that it is not just for cost effectiveness analysis and we need a more expansive name for it. So I present to you: vivarium.


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MAL-ED study

I needed to get up to speed on this large data collection effort, so I thought I’d collect what I found here, for my own reference and in case it was of interest to others.

> The purpose of this study was to collect longitudinal data on the relationships between malnutrition and enteric infections in children ages 17 days through approximately 2 years.
> The data were collected through in-person interviews in the home, anthropometry, cognitive exams, and biological samples. The samples collected included blood, urine, and stool. The households were visited twice weekly for interviews and stool samples. Anthropometric measurements were gathered at monthly intervals. Blood samples were taken at 7 and 15 months of age to assess micronutrient levels and vaccination status. Children underwent the lactulose-mannitol urine test for gut function at 3, 6, 9, 15, and 24 months.
> The study was conducted in subnational areas of Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Peru, Pakistan, Nepal, South Africa, and Tanzania. Each site had a sample size of approximately 200 children.

(n = 2,053)

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I have used IPython Notebooks for my lab book for 5 years

And it is still working well. Here is what I did in my first one:

You think that is mixed yet?

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Diversity Club: Third Culture Kids

Hello All,

At diversity club this week a month or so ago, we are going to learn about Third Culture Kids, and you can read about what this is in the short article linked here:

As supplementary material, here is an infographic and a recent nytimes article:
INFOGRAPHIC: The Modern Third Culture Kid

–Abie and Nina

(I remind you that you can bring your own lunch if you would like to eat while we meet.)

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