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NextGen offers new possibilities for MU researchers addressing health disparities

June 29, 2021 Contact: Kenny Gerling, gerlingk@missouri.edu Loren Bauerband, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences in the University of Missouri School of Health Professions, uses large data sets gathered from many sources — often called big data — to research health disparities facing transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals. Their work is complicated by the limitations of available data, which is often incomplete or not representative of the population. “We know that transgender individuals experience a lot of barriers to health care and access in general,” Bauerband said. “What I do is extend data about those topics to other sets of trans demographic information.” By comparing and bridging different data sets, Bauerband can look for correlations that may reveal related health trends, such as risks related to cancer or heart disease. Bauerband is one of many researchers in the School of Health Professions — and across Mizzou — who use...

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