Use of Data Science to Address Health Inequity

Speaker Details:

Dr. Elaine Nsoesie
Boston University

Lecture Details:

May 20, 2021
12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Assistant Professor, School of Public Health; Assistant Director of Research at the Center for Antiracist Research
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In this talk, I will present how we have used data from non-traditional sources including satellite imagery, social media, and mobile phones to highlight health inequity and propose solutions. I will also discuss the challenges associated with using data from these sources. To conduct effective research using these data sources, it is important to consider and incorporate into analytical processes the distinct social, cultural, and economic context in different countries and communities.

Speaker Bio:

Elaine Nsoesie is an Assistant Professor at Boston University (BU) School of Public Health. She is also an Assistant Director of Research at the Center for Antiracist Research at BU. She is a founding member of the BU’s Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences, a Data Science Faculty Fellow and a Data and Innovation Fellow at the Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI) in the Office of the President in Sierra Leone. She has a PhD in Computational Epidemiology, MS in Statistics and BS in Mathematics. Her research is focused on the use of digital data and technology to improve health in communities globally. She is the founder of Rethé ( – an initiative focused on providing scientific writing tools and resources to student communities in Africa to increase representation in scientific publications. She has written for NPR, The Conversation, Public Health Post, and Think Global Health. Dr. Nsoesie was born and raised in Cameroon.

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