View the latest publications from our team and collaborators.

Randi Foraker
Branson Fox
Kristen Mueller
Hilary Reno
Anne Trolard


Tracking the Sexual Health Landscape During the Pandemic
Regional Surveillance of Sexually Transmitted Infections
Regional Surveillance of Infant and Maternal Health

This visualization explores the idea of regional surveillance for maternal and infant health, which is a priority area for the region and subject of the 2019 Institute for Public Health Annual Conference. Assessment & surveillance are two core public health activities; assessments identify health priorities & surveillance systems track progress toward addressing those prioritized needs. Surveillance needs to be real-time to be effective, and it needs to be shared with people and organizations for planning and evaluation. The Data Center has partnered with the Departments of Health, BJC and the Regional Data Alliance to explore the idea of real-time, regional public health surveillance using clinical and social determinants of health data sources.

Violence Prevention

Our center is responsible for maintaining two databases related to violence prevention for Life Outside of Violence (LOV), the Hospital-based Violence Intervention Program.

A repository of clinical information on all hospital visits made for violent injuries from all four level-one trauma centers in the region

A program facilitated by case workers designed to prevent recidivism for violent injuries at the four participating hospitals. Oversight of these data is provided by a committee of the STL-HVIP body, and are available to researchers and LOV program evaluators by way of an application process.

Mental Health Provider Gap

Crime Trends in St. Louis

The St. Louis region experienced a notable decrease in homicides in the year
2003, yet the rate subsequently rebounded. In collaboration, the St. Louis Mental
Health Board, the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research, and
faculty from the Brown School, the Social System Design Lab, & UMSL sought an
explanation. With pilot funding from the Institute for Public Health, the research
team collected data, visualized trends, and conducted interviews to explore the
relationship between crime & funding for violence prevention from 2000-2010 in
the City of St. Louis. Examination of the trends was used to build a systems model,
which was further explored and refined by a group of local funders and health department staff.

Final results suggest that violent crime will continue to oscillate
without a sustained collaborative infrastructure to coordinate violence prevention
funding; deliver a consistent message to engage the community; and set an
ambitious vision for a violence-free community. We continue to work
with the Violence Prevention Commission in their data-driven efforts to prevent violence in the region.