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Special Epidemiology Seminar
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
3:30 pm to 4:50 pm
Health Sciences K-069

"Community-based approaches to reducing cardiometabolic disparities"



Ka`imi Sinclair, PhD

Dr. Ka`imi Sinclair earned her PhD from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education.



Dr. Sinclair's research focuses on eliminating cardiometabolic disparities of diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease through intervention and epidemiological research.  She spent 10 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she earned her MPH and worked in the Office of Native American Diabetes Programs at the University of New Mexico.  While there, Dr. Sinclair culturally tailored and evaluated interventions and educational materials for diverse tribal groups, and worked closely with the Indian Health Service National Diabetes Program and tribal governments on diabetes-related initiatives.  She has also tailored a diabetes self-management intervention for African Americans and Latinos in Detroit, and for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Hawaii.  Dr. Sinclair was recently awarded a K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award from National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases to examine the spatial patterning of diabetes risk factors, prevalence, and incidence in a multi ethnic cohort in Hawaii.


Using community-based approaches to reduce cardiometabolic disparities

Elimination of health disparities in the United States is a national health priority.  Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity are key features of what is now referred to as the "cardiometabolic syndrome," which disproportionately affects racial/ethnic minority populations.  For example, the prevalence of diabetes is 13% among non-Hispanic blacks and 12% among Hispanics, compared to 7% in non-Hispanic whites. Among American Indians and Alaska Natives the prevalence of diabetes is 16% with estimates varying by region from 6% among Alaska Native adults to 34% among American Indian adults in southern Arizona. The prevalence of diabetes among Native Hawaiians ranges from 19% to 22%, and from 16% to 35% for impaired glucose tolerance.  Adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about 2 to 4 times higher than adults without diabetes. The risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes. In this seminar, Dr. Sinclair will describe research that focuses on using community-based approaches to reduce cardiometabolic disparities among racial/ethnic populations, including interventions she has conducted with American Indians, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. She will also describe her NIH-funded study that examines the spatial patterning of diabetes risk factors, prevalence, and incidence in a large multiethnic cohort.


Updated on September 26, 2012