Jessica K. Athens

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BACKGROUND The prevalence of morbid obesity is increasing throughout Wisconsin and the United States. In 2004, we published a study, "Trends in Bariatric Surgery for Morbid Obesity in Wisconsin." We determined that surgery rates were increasing but felt the demand exceeded the capacity of the surgeons. This is a 6-year follow-up. METHODS Data was gathered(More)
PURPOSE To examine if there was spatial misclassification in exposure to neighborhood noise complaints among a sample of low-income housing residents in New York City, comparing home-based spatial buffers and Global Positioning System (GPS) daily path buffers. METHODS Data came from the community-based NYC Low-Income Housing, Neighborhoods and Health(More)
AIMS To identify population characteristics associated with local variation in the prevalence of diabetic complications and compare the geographic distribution of different types of complications in New York City. METHODS Using an all-payer database of emergency visits, we identified the proportion of unique adults with diabetes who also had cardiac,(More)
University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute has published County Health Rankings (The Rankings) since 2010. These rankings use population-based data to highlight variation in health and encourage health assessment for all US counties. However, the uncertainty of estimates remains a limitation. We sought to quantify the precision of The Rankings for(More)
OBJECTIVES The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute has published the County Health Rankings since 2010. These rankings use population-based data to highlight health outcomes and the multiple determinants of these outcomes and to encourage in-depth health assessment for all United States counties. A significant methodological limitation,(More)
Traditional methods of health surveillance often under-represent racial and ethnic minorities. Our objective was to use geospatial analysis and emergency claims data to estimate local chronic disease prevalence separately for specific racial and ethnic groups. We also performed a regression analysis to identify associations between median household income(More)
BACKGROUND Local and national policies to encourage supermarket opening or expansion are popular strategies for improving access to healthy food for residents in neighborhoods lacking these types of stores, yet few evaluations of such initiatives exist. OBJECTIVE Our aim was to test whether a newly opened supermarket in the Bronx, NY, changed household(More)
NOTICE: CAPRi Working Papers contain preliminary material and research results, and are circulated prior to a full peer review in order to stimulate discussion and critical comment. It is expected that most CAPRi Working Papers will eventually be published in some other form, and that their content may also be revised. ABSTRACT This paper discusses the(More)
OBJECTIVE To use novel geographic methods and large-scale claims data to identify the local distribution of pediatric chronic diseases in New York City. METHODS Using a 2009 all-payer emergency claims database, we identified the proportion of unique children aged 0 to 17 with diagnosis codes for specific medical and psychiatric conditions. As a proof of(More)