Primary Research Focus
The Griese Lab is committed to utilizing innovative data analytics and community-based collaboration to better understand the unique social determinants of health facing our communities, specifically among our rural populations.
With a shifting health care climate driven by value, including decreased costs and increased quality, it is crucial to have innovative approaches to understanding and addressing the health of our populations, both those who touch health care and those who do not.
About the Griese Lab
Lab Projects and News
Transdisciplinary Center for Population Health Grant
Project Title: Exploring Trajectories of Social-Emotional Risk and Resilience for Rural Youth
Role: Project Primary Investigator
The purpose of this project is to examine the longitudinal impact of peer victimization on mental health outcomes among rural youth. The project collaborates with four rural school districts to identify rates of peer victimization and important sources of resilience that may assist to offset unwanted maladjustment for rural youth.
National Cancer Institute Grant
Title: A New Prospective U.S. Cohort set within the Health Care System Institutions to Study Cancer
This project is an epidemiological, longitudinal cohort study examining the precursors to cancer leveraging health care data from various integrated health care systems.
Risk and Resilience Among Rural Youth
Youth in rural communities face various disparities including heightened rates of suicide and mental health outcomes. However, these youth are also situated within communities and educational systems that may provide unique protective factors. The goal of this project is to investigate longitudinal trajectories of peer victimization and associated mental health outcomes alongside potential unique, buffering protective factors present for youth in rural communities.
Food deserts are an important public health issue facing our communities. Lack of access to quality food and/or transportation to access quality food can play a significant role in health outcomes, specifically among those already facing chronic conditions with recommendations to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle. This project examines locations of food deserts in our communities, linking important health outcomes and various other social determinants to begin understanding and intervening through policy to improve health outcomes.
Shifting Rural Health Care
The health care needs of rural communities continue to shift. Understanding and examining the unique community factors and economic variables impacting these shifting needs is crucial to providing the best care to our rural populations. This project will examine the various predictors impacting health care utilization including shifting populations, economic developments and closures, and various social determinants of health impacting our rural communities and patients.
Meet the Griese Lab Team
Jaymi Russo, M.E.d.
Senior Research Specialist
Jaymi Russo joined the Sanford Research in 2010 and then joined the Griese Lab in 2016 where she currently works on the peer victimization and rural health project. Russo manages daily operations of the study, handles compliance and regulatory submissions, collects and analyzes survey data, and shares findings with stakeholders and the research community.
Russo has previous Sanford Research experience in cardiology and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Russo earned a BA from St. Olaf College, an M.Ed. from the College of St. Scholastica, and a clinical research coordinator certificate from the Mayo School of Health Sciences.
Drake Anshutz, MPH
Senior Research Specialist
Drake Anshutz serves as the statistician for Dr. Griese’s research lab. Anshutz provides numerous support and analyses for various projects within the Sanford Health system. Drake specializes in advanced statistical methods, machine learning and big data analyses.
Prior to Sanford, Drake worked as a graduate research assistant while completing his Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy at the University of North Dakota. Drake’s previous research has focused on health policy for population health interventions with a large emphasis in data science.
Cheryl Stansbury, MS
Research Project Manager
Cheryl Stansbury manages and supports activities within the data collaborative and supports population health research projects. She joined the Griese Lab in 2017.
She manages projects including Food Deserts and the Impact on Health Care Utilization, and Hypertension Among Young Adults within the Sanford System. She completed Patient Centered Outcomes Research Partnership Scholar Training and earned an MS in health care administration from the University of South Dakota.