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Dr. Lori Wayne Chesnut
Dr. Lorie Wayne Chesnut, is a faculty member in the Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health. Prior to joining the department, she worked in the field of maternal and child health (MCH) epidemiology for over fifteen years, initially for the Kentucky March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and later for the Kentucky Department for Public Health. During her time at the state office, she coordinated reporting for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant through the federal Title V Information System, worked as an epidemiologist in Kentucky’s oral health program and wrote numerous federal grants.
Currently completing her doctorate (ABD) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership Program, under the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, Ms. Chesnut received her MPH from the University of Kentucky in 2005 with a focus in epidemiology.
Her primary research interests are rural health disparities, perinatal epidemiology, oral health, maternal mortality, birthweight distribution, preterm birth and surveillance. While primarily addressing issues pertaining to data collection and analysis, she is also working to improve federal and state systems of care for American Indian and Alaskan Native women, infants, and children through enhanced system integration and expanded resources for both tribal governments and state offices. Ms. Chesnut’s research also includes the history of maternal and child health care for both Native Americans and people of the First Nations in Canada.