Scholar: Brandon Woudhuysen
Major: Mathematics / Statistics
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Anna Panorska
Research Topic: Disparities in Infant Mortality Rates Among Races in Nevada
Abstract: Infant death is a troubling event happening all over the world. Even in the most developed countries, such as the United States of America, there is a significant rate of infant mortality, with 24,000 infant deaths in the U.S. in 2011. This study displays the inconsistencies in infant mortality rates among different races in Nevada in years 2011-2013. Our data came from the birth and infant death data set from the Nevada Department of Public and Behavioral Health. The data in this study were analyzed using logistic regression models. The models tested for variables that were associated with infant mortality. The results were compared to national findings as posted by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for infant death in years 2010 to 2012. Infant mortality rates for Nevada are found to be approximately 4.6 deaths per 1,000 infants. However, the average infant mortality rate for Blacks in years 2010-2012 was 7.9 compared to 4.0 among Whites, 4.5 for Hispanics, and 2.4 for Asian/Pacific Islanders. Thus, this study found that race contributes to disparities in infant mortality rates.
Earned Baccalaureate Degree: Spring 2015
Master's Degree Update: Enrolled at University of Nevada, Reno for a master's degree in Mathematics.