Dana Schmidt

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Missouri, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9372

Approve Date

October 7, 2016

Project Title

Schmidt, Dana Marie, U. of Missouri, Columbia, MO - To aid research on 'The Second Epidemiologic Transition in Newfoundland: Identifying the Model and Drivers of Health Changes,' supervised by Dr. Lisa Sattenspiel

Preliminary abstract: The research proposed here will focus on the interpretation of information on mortality and morbidity from 20th century Newfoundland to assess the state of the second epidemiologic transition on the island. Specifically, the research will contribute to the growing body of literature on this transition in non-industrial nations and illuminate regional differences in mortality and morbidity patterns between urban and rural areas on the island. Expanding on preliminary findings from a four district sample of mortality data and using a combination of vital statistics records, census materials, death registers, and archival resources from the Rooms Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador including newspaper articles, government papers regarding health policy and reform, and diaries, the following aims will be accomplished: 1) to examine morbidity and mortality patterns in Newfoundland and Labrador during the 20th century and determine how they changed over time; 2) to ascertain when Newfoundland and Labrador began and completed the second epidemiologic transition, how this compares to the transition in other nations, and to determine if the Newfoundland pattern is best described by a classical, accelerated, or delayed transition model; 3) to detect any regional differences, especially urban-rural differences in morbidity and mortality; and 4) To determine the drivers involved in Newfoundland’s epidemiologic transition, and to examine the impact of important developments in public health, social policy, and the economy on population health