Blogger Nicole VanKim Takes On Boston


by Gustavo Torrez

Program Manager

For the next four weeks you all with get a front row seat as blogger Nicole VanKim takes on Boston attending the Summer Institute put on by the Population Center at the Fenway Institute.

The Summer Institute provides participants with foundational training in interdisciplinary theory, knowledge and methods for conducting population research in sexual and gender minority health. Held over four weeks at Fenway Health and Boston University, the Summer
Institute will include:

  1. A dynamic Cornerstone Seminar in LGBT Health and Social Life that will overview key topics, methods, and perspectives in the interdisciplinary study of LGBT Health
  2. An intermediate-level statistics and quantitative Data Analysis Course
  3. Hands-on training in analysis of LGBT population health data in the Interactive Data Lab

Nicole VanKim is an epidemiology student and National Institutes of Health predoctoral fellow in obesity prevention at the University of Minnesota. Here’s her snazzy picture here!

Blogging Scholar and Student Nicole VanKim

Her current work explores health inequities among 2-year and 4-year college students, particularly in the area of weight and weight-related behaviors such as physical activity, nutrition, and unhealthy weight control behaviors. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Nicole was a CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow with the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Bureau at the New Mexico Department of Health. While there, she developed New Mexico’s first LGBT health report and a statewide heart disease and stroke burden document. Nicole believes health is a social justice issue and as such she has worked with various health programs and community partners on epidemiology-based projects that highlight health inequities and social determinants of health. Nicole received her MPH in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota.

Shortly, you’ll be able to follow her posts at nvankimn.

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