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Understanding Health Equity Research

with Kevin Sykes, PhD, MPH

In this episode, Dr. Kevin Sykes, PhD, MPH, director of clinical research at Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas, explores health equity research in otolaryngology with host Dr. Gopi Shah.

First, Dr. Sykes underscores how historical injustices contribute to health disparities seen today, using differences in life expectancy as an example. He then addresses challenges with assessing head & neck cancer outcomes, including small sample sizes, limited community participation, and data aggregation. Speaking to study design, Dr. Sykes shares his experience working with community health workers, whom he finds invaluable for their ability to build relationships with research participants. Finally, Dr. Shah and Dr. Sykes brainstorm how health equity research can shape public health policies and medical education.

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Kevin Sykes, PhD, MPH discusses Understanding Health Equity Research on the BackTable 152 Podcast

Kevin Sykes, PhD, MPH

Kevin Sykes is the director of clinical research at the health and wellness center for Baylor Scott & White Health.

Dr. Gopi Shah discusses Understanding Health Equity Research on the BackTable 152 Podcast

Dr. Gopi Shah

Dr. Gopi Shah is a practicing ENT at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

Show Notes

00:00 – Introduction
01:29 – Understanding Health Equity Research
09:44 – The Role of Social Determinants in Health Equity
12:00 – The Importance of Community Representation in Research
14:34 – Challenges in Health Equity Research
17:32 – The Role of Community Health Workers in Research
26:00 – Designing a Health Equity Research Study
30:48 – The Role of Qualitative Data in Health Equity Research
32:39 – Understanding Racial Differences in Treatment Choices
33:30 – The Power of Qualitative Data in Uncovering Lived Experiences
35:32 – The Rigor and Challenges of Qualitative Research
42:35 – The Impact of Health Equity Research on Policy and Advocacy
48:33 – The Role of Medical Education in Health Equity Research
56:54 – Resources and Recommendations for Health Equity ResearcH

Resources

Backtable ENT Episode 98, “Health Equity Collaborative in ENT with Dr. Alexander Chiu and Dr. Romaine Johnson:” https://www.backtable.com/shows/ent/podcasts/98/health-equity-collaborative-in-ent

Backtable ENT Episode 31, “Mentorship Feedback & Coaching with Dr. Carrie Francis:” https://www.backtable.com/shows/ent/podcasts/31/mentorship-feedback-coaching

Backtable ENT Episode 129, “American Head and Neck Society Scholarship for Underrepresented Minority Medical Students with Dr. Tammara Watts:” https://www.backtable.com/shows/ent/podcasts/129/american-head-neck-society-scholarship-for-underrepresented-minority-medical-students

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