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The CHI Lab
Community Health and Inequities


The research project aims to reveal the social and structural determinants of preterm birth risk among black mothers by examining determinates that include systemic barriers to healthcare, residential segregation, economic inequities, and criminal justice factors.

preterm birth risk in black women

The CHI Lab is currently recruiting a graduate research assistant for this project.



The Community and Health Inequities Lab at the University of Utah is under the direction of Dr. David Curtis.  Please email any questions to .

The CHI Lab
Community Health and Inequities

recreational spaces in the wasatch front and the obesity epidemic

The research project includes a large data collection effort of neighborhood recreational spaces within the four most populous counties in Utah; data is merged with geocoded administrative and health records from the Utah Population Database. A key project goal is to understand connections between access to quality recreational spaces and class-based disparities in weight-related health outcomes. Data are also being used to inform health interventions.

slc recreation areas

The Community and Health Inequities Lab at the University of Utah is under the direction of Dr. David Curtis.  Please email any questions to .


Millions of birds die in bird-window collisions in the United States each year.  In specialized test settings, researchers have developed methods to alter window designs to mitigate collisions.  However, few published studies provide pretest and posttest evaluations of mitigation treatment areas and untreated control areas on existing buildings.  Professor Barbara Brown encourages you to follow the study and get involved!

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Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, the University of Utah's Moving Across Places research team surveys residents' perceptions and activities before and after the North Temple construction project. How do these changes alter your neighborhood perceptions, activities, and travel patterns—activities that may be related to cancer prevention? 


iSTAR is an intensive community based participatory research/outreach autism program involving students, families, school districts, community partners and businesses. We have documented student outcomes that include:

  • Personal Competencies
  • Social Skill Development
  • Vocational Readiness

The program is innovative with a focus on strength and ability, rather than disability. The long range goal of the program is the development of 3D technology skills in students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for future employment.





Last Updated: 3/25/21