Anthropology researchers awarded prize in Decoding Maternal Morbidity Data Challenge

Submitted by Catherine M. Zeigler on

Huge congratulations to Melanie Martin and postdoc Monica Keith, who are among the winners of the Decoding Maternal Morbidity Challenge from NIH's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Their team submission, led by Monica, used data from NICHD's Nulliparous Pregnancy Outcomes Study, theories of allostatic load, and structural equation modeling to clarify causal pathways between cumulative social stressors, clinical health measures, and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Their data solution was awarded prizes for both innovation and addressing health disparities. They were also the only winning team composed entirely of social scientists. After months of work on the project, they get to claim a $60k prize in research funds to continue their work.