Grand Rounds: “A team science approach to examining health disparities in eye health and cognitive function in South Texas”

Event Date & Time

October 8, 2021


Event Details:

Topic:  “A team science approach to examining health disparities in eye health and cognitive function in South Texas”


Speaker:       Johnelle Sparks, MD, PhD

Johnelle Sparks, MD, PhD has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

Dr. Johnelle Sparks is Professor of Demography and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Success and Administration in the College for Health, Community and Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has been with the department since fall 2006 and has worked extensively mentoring doctoral students completing the applied demography doctoral program. She is also a Master Facilitator of the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research curriculum through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her main areas of research include: 1) premature aging, allostatic load, and mortality; 2) spatial inequality and disparities in health and mortality; and 3) inequalities related to segregation, poverty, sexual orientation, and education. Methodologically, Dr. Sparks has a primary focus on research methods and complex survey data. She has taught research methods and health disparities for over fifteen years; additionally, she has developed survey instruments and participated in primary data collection efforts in San Antonio, TX on food insecurity and WIC participation and childhood health. She also works with colleagues at UT Health San Antonio on the SAVES project (San Antonio Vision and Eye Study) which is an epidemiologic examination of eye health, cognitive function, and overall well-being in San Antonio. Her use of big data across interdisciplinary health research helps her to mentor junior faculty and students with interests in this area.




Financial Disclosure Statement

The Pediatric Grand Rounds Director Deepak Kamat, MD has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.  Planning Committee member Steven Seidner, MD has disclosed he receives funding from Draeger Medical for the Clinical Study to Evaluate the Safety and Effectiveness of the Infinity Acute Care System Workstation Neonatal Care Babylog VN500 Device in High-Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation (HFOV) Mode in Extremely Low Birth Weight (ELBW) Neonates for which he is a co-principal investigator.


CME Statement

The UT Health San Antonio Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The Long School of Medicine designates this live activity up to a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.




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