Second-year student Caleb Denton (Booneville, Ark.) is working as a Research Project Analyst in the Hospital Discharge Data Section of the Health Statistics Branch at the Arkansas Department of Health.
“My work involves processing hospital discharge data that is submitted from Arkansan hospitals for errors,” Denton said. “Every hospital in the state sends their discharge reports to the HDDS, and after the reports are checked for errors, they are archived. We then do annual analyses of this information with statistical software.”
With the data, HDDS can answer requests for information that may include market share information for hospital corporations, or data for public health researchers to conduct their own analysis.
“I do believe that my work as a graduate assistant with Dr. Park's data analysis class was useful experience when applying for this position,” Denton said. “In that class, I worked with statistical analysis software, and I believe that experience helped convince ADH that I would fit well within their team and use their statistical software effectively.”
Last summer, Denton traveled to Harare, Zimbabwe, to work with Heifer International in researching how to best increase market access for farmers that are involved in the livestock value chains of beef, goat, and poultry, and determine what other value chains best complement those three livestock chains.
During his first year, he was part of a Clinton School team that assisted the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) in exploring opportunities to repurpose two large mobile trailers previously used in energy-efficiency education.
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