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Dr. Amy Elliott Joins Avera Research Team

Jan 29, 2018 06:52PM ● By MED Editor

Amy Elliott

Dr. Amy Elliott and members of her research team have joined the Avera Research Institute as the Center for Pediatrics and Community Research.

Dr. Elliott has been principal investigator on several National Institutes of Health (NIH) research projects including an initiative to reduce infant mortality in American Indian communities and the Safe Passage study examining environmental influences on child health outcomes.

Dr. Elliott’s areas of scholarly interest include health disparities, population health, fetal alcohol spectrum, fetal and infant mortality, early childhood development, pediatric sleep disturbance, environmental exposures and maternal-child health. Along with Sioux Falls, the team has locations in Rapid City and Pine Ridge, S.D.

Her work complements and will be an extension of research already taking place, including the study of human development and the impact of genetics and environmental factors on disease and other health conditions. It is also closely related to existing grant projects aimed toward improving health disparities among American Indians, as well as the population health initiatives at Avera.

Among Dr. Elliott’s studies that will be continuing at Avera include Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO), a seven-year initiative launched through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This builds upon the Safe Passage study and follows its cohorts, and will involve starting a new pregnancy cohort. This project is studying four key outcomes that have a high public health impact, including upper and lower airway (asthma), obesity, prematurity and neurodevelopment (ADHD and autism).

Another study being continued by this team through Avera is Reducing Infant Mortality in American Indian Communities, and this includes measures to reduce infant death that’s related to sleep environment.

Dr. Elliott and her team are coming from Sanford Health.