Interview: Measuring Air Quality to Improve Health Equity with Dr. Kelly Jones

 

Breath. It gives us life. From the moment we enter the world and throughout our days we take in the air around us. But for some of us taking each breath is not always easy. Asthma affects approximately one in eight individuals in the United States and has effects ranging from minor inconveniences to loss of school time for children or even loss of life. But, in order to ameliorate this problem, a better understanding of what causes asthma is needed. For instance, how does the neighborhood environment relate to hospitalizations due to respiratory illness for children? This is the question that former SESYNC postdoc and registered nurse, Dr. Kelly Jones wanted to answer.

In this audio interview, SESYNC's Erin Duffy talks to Dr. Kelly Jones about her research looking into the role of the neighborhood environment on children’s respiratory health outcomes. 

For a full transcript of this interview, click the PDF below. 

 

  • About the Presenters
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    Kelly K. Jones

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Dr. Kelly Jones was a postdoctoral fellow at SESYNC from 2018-2020. As a postdoc, Kelly examined the role of neighborhood environments in exacerbating pediatric asthma—resulting in a call, in conjunction with DC Health, to make hyperlocal patient information available to public health researchers. After her SESYNC tenure, Kelly briefly returned to her alma mater, the University of Illinois Chicago, to help launch a study examining the role of activity space exposure and stress on diet and physical activity behaviors in middle-aged adults. Following this work, she accepted a role as a Research...

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    Kelly K. Jones

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Dr. Kelly Jones was a postdoctoral fellow at SESYNC from 2018-2020. As a postdoc, Kelly examined the role of neighborhood environments in exacerbating pediatric asthma—resulting in a call, in conjunction with DC Health, to make hyperlocal patient information available to public health researchers. After her SESYNC tenure, Kelly briefly returned to her alma mater, the University of Illinois Chicago, to help launch a study examining the role of activity space exposure and stress on diet and physical activity behaviors in middle-aged adults. Following this work, she accepted a role as a Research Fellow in the Neighborhoods and Health Lab of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health. Kelly enjoys spending time outside with her dog, reading, and cooking. She looks forward to continuing to collaborate with the ecologists, urban planners, and biometeorologists she got to know while at SESYNC.

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    Erin Duffy

    Environmental Science Research Assistant

    Erin Duffy is a Faculty Assistant at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). In this role, she supports the communications team in the design and development of communication products that disseminate the vast knowledge created by SESYNC researchers around the world. Inspired by the Center’s diverse and interesting projects and participants, Erin developed a podcast called, SESYNC Audio Interviews, to help integrate intellectually expansive information into everyday life.  

    Passionate about community, individual, and environmental health and well-being, Erin has worked...

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    Erin Duffy

    Environmental Science Research Assistant

    Erin Duffy is a Faculty Assistant at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). In this role, she supports the communications team in the design and development of communication products that disseminate the vast knowledge created by SESYNC researchers around the world. Inspired by the Center’s diverse and interesting projects and participants, Erin developed a podcast called, SESYNC Audio Interviews, to help integrate intellectually expansive information into everyday life.  

    Passionate about community, individual, and environmental health and well-being, Erin has worked in a variety of roles, including: environmental educator; marketing associate for a social service organization and community garden coordinator for a food bank, both through Americorps; as well as a caregiver for adults with differing physical and intellectual abilities. 

    Erin earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Policy and Science and she continues to pursue educational opportunities, most recently by becoming a certified yoga instructor and positive psychology practitioner. 

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