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Professor Sarah Rodgers PhD

Professor of Health Informatics Public Health, Policy & Systems


    Personal Statement

    I'm a Professor of Health Informatics with expertise in evaluating natural experiments and non-randomised intervention studies using anonymised linked administrative and health datasets.

    I am principal investigator for the NIHR funded study evaluating the mental health and wellbeing impact of access to green and blue spaces (e.g. parks and beaches). Please contact in the first instance to discuss collaboration opportunities with the original investigator team. The dataset is held in the SAIL Databank and has 11 years of environmental exposures for nearly 2.5 million people, along with information about seeking help from a GP for a mental health condition.

    I'm an investigator on the Wellcome Trust funded birth cohort Children Growing Up in Liverpool and Civic Data Cooperative data linkage initiative.

    I lead the Care and Health Informatics theme for the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (Northwest Coast).

    We are working with partners across the north to use routinely collected data to help clinicians provide better care for their patients.

    From 2006-2018 I worked at Swansea University, establishing data linkage methodologies enabling retrospective individual level exposure allocation.

    My research focuses on using safe haven data that have been linked across health, social and environmental domains to explore the impact of exposures such as decent housing conditions, alcohol outlets, pollution, and natural outdoor spaces, on health and wellbeing.

    See a recent summary of our housing and health research here.

    Listen to a podcast of our CHALICE project investigating impact of access to alcohol outlets and associated alcohol-related hospital admissions, and crime here.

    To understand the process of data linkage take a look at our paper in the International Journal of Population Data Science here that describes how we linked more than 3 billion air pollution records to home and school locations, and then to thousands of pupils and their educational attainment.