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Felicia Rabito 

   

Felicia Rabito, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, SL 18
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-3479
Fax: (504) 988-1568
rabito@tulane.edu 



Research Interests:

Environmental epidemiology; asthma and allergies; intervention studies; childhood lead poisoning

 

Educational Background:

  • PhD, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • MPH, Tulane University
  • BA, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi

Professional Achievements:

  • 2009 National Lead and Antioxidant Expert Panel; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • 2007 National Healthy Homes Expert Panel; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Healthy Housing
  • 2007 Award for Promise in Research Commending Outstanding Progress in Competitive Research Awards for the year 2005-2006.
  • 2007 Award for Leadership in Research Commending Outstanding Achievement in New Competitive Research Awards for the year 2005-2006.
  • 2005-2006, Tulane Unviersity Health Sciences Center and its Board of Governors.
  • 2007 Award for Promise in Research Commending Outstanding Progress in Competitive Research Awards for the year
  • 2005-2006, Tulane University Health Sciences Center and its Board of Governors.
  • 2004 Award for Outstanding Achievement and Commitment to Excellence in Competitive Research Awards for the year 2003-2004. Tulane University Health Sciences Center and its Board of Governors.
  • 2004 Selected as one of the "Women of the Year," City Business Magazine.
  • 2003 Linkage Award Winner (Third Place). Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice. New Orleans Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Study, awarded by ASTHO-NACCHO.

Selected Publications:

 

Holt EW, Theall KP, Rabito FA. Individual, housing, and neighborhood correlates of asthma among young urban children. J Urban Health. 2013 Feb;90(1):116-29.

Wasilevich EA, Rabito F, Lefante J, Johnson E. Short-term outdoor temperature change and emergency department visits for asthma among children: a case-crossover study. Am J Epidemiol. 2012 Oct 1;176 Suppl 7:S123-30.

Holt EW, Theall KP, Rabito FA. “Individual, Housing, and Neighborhood Correlates of Asthma among Young Urban Children”. J Urban Health. 2012 Jun 12.

Eroglu G, Rabito FA, Sudesh SK. Mortality from Asthma in Children and Young Adults in Louisiana. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2002;89:191-194.

Rabito FA, Shorter C, White LE. Residence in Public Housing as a Risk Factor for Elevated Lead Levels in High Risk Children. Epidemiology 2003;14:263-268.

Rabito FA, Sarpy S, Shorter C, Iqbal S. Lead Prevention Knowledge Among Urban Residents: The Chicago Lead Knowledge Test Revisited. Journal of Children’s Health 2004;2:11-20.

Rabito FA
, White LE, Shorter C. From Research to Policy: Targeting the Primary Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning. Public Health Reports 2004;119:271-278.

Muntner P, Menke A, DeSalvo KB, Rabito FA, Batuman V. Continued Decline in Blood Lead Levels among Adults in the United States: The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Arch Intern Med 2005;165:2155-2161.

Scott SK, Rabito FA, Price PD, Butler NN, Schwartzbaum JA, Jackson BM, Love RL, Harris RE. Comorbidity among the morbidly obese: A comparative study of 2002 US hospital patient discharges. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2006;02:105-111.

Chew GL, Wilson J, Rabito FA, Grimsley F, Iqbal S, Reponen T, et al.. Mold and endotoxin levels in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: a pilot project of homes in New Orleans undergoing renovation. Environ Health Perspect. 2006;114(12): 1883-9.

Rabito FA, Iqbal S, Shorter C, et al. The association between demolition activity and children’s blood lead levels. Environmental Research 2007;103:345-351.

Muntner P, Menke A, Batuman V, Rabito FA, He J, Todd AC. Association of tibia lead and blood lead with end-stage renal disease: A pilot study of African–Americans. Environ Res. 2007 Jul;104(3):396-401. Epub 2007 May 18.

Rabito FA, Iqbal SI, Holt E, Grimsley LF, Islam T, Scott SK. Prevalence of indoor allergen exposures among New Orleans children with asthma. J Urban Health. 2007 Nov;84(6):782-92.

Rabito FA, Iqbal S, Kiernan MP, Holt E, Chew GL. Children’s Respiratory Health and Mold Levels in New Orleans Post-Katrina: A preliminary look. Journal of Asthma and Clinical Immunology. 2007 doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2007.11.022.

Iqbal S, Muntner P, Bautuman V, Rabito FA. Estimated burden of blood lead levels =5 µg/dl in 1999–2002 and declines from 1988 to 1994. Environ. Res. (2008), doi:10.1016/j.envres.2008.01.015.

Rabito FA, Perry S, Davis WE, Yau CL, Levetin E. The Relationship Between Mold Exposure and Allergic Response in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Journal of Allergy. 2010, Article ID 510380.

Krieger J, Jacobs DE, Ashley PH, Baeder A, Chew GL, Dearborn D, Hynes PH, Miller JD, Morley R, Rabito FA, Zeldin, DC.  Housing Interventions and Control of Asthma-Related Indoor Biologic Agents: A Review of the Evidence. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. 2010;16(5):S11-S20.

Rabito FA, Perry S, Salinas O, Hembling J, Schmidt N, Kissinger P. A longitudinal assessment of occupation, respiratory symptoms, and blood lead levels among Latino day laborers in a non-agricultural setting. Am J Ind Med. 2011 May;54(5):366-74. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20919.

Rabito FA, Carlson J, Holt EW, Iqbal S, James MA. Cockroach exposure independent of sensitization status and association with hospitalizations for asthma in inner-city children. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2011 Feb;106(2):103-9.

Rabito FA, Perry S, Salinas O, Hembling J, Schmidt N, Parsons PJ, Kissinger P. A longitudinal assessment of occupation, respiratory symptoms, and blood lead levels among latino day laborers in a non-agricultural setting.Am J Ind Med. 2011 May;54(5):366-74.

Rabito FA, Iqbal S, Perry S, Arroyave W, Rice JC. Environmental Lead after Hurricane Katrina: Implications for Future Populations. Environ Health Perspect. 2011 Nov 3. [Epub ahead of print].

Rabito FA, Rice JC, Arroyave W. Environmental lead: Rabito et al. Respond. Environ Health Perspect. 2012 May 1;120(5):a188-9.

 

Personal Statement:

Dr. Rabito’s research interests include residential-based hazards and children’s health and focus primarily on respiratory effects of exposure to allergens. Her general area of expertise is environmental and social epidemiology, survey design and methodology, the design of innovative health surveillance programs and conduct of community-based randomized intervention trials. Her research areas include lead poisoning, pediatric asthma, childhood obesity, exposure assessment and spatial analysis. Dr. Rabito is currently Principal Investigator of the New Orleans Healthy Homes Initiative, a pediatric asthma intervention study, is the epidemiologist for the Tulane Center for Excellence in Public Health Tracking project. She is currently investigating the relation between demolition activities and children’s lead levels in St. Louis City, the relation between lead levels and developmental disabilities in children and bone lead levels in dialysis patients. Dr. Rabito teaches a course in intermediate epidemiologic methods. 

 

Level of Instruction:

graduate

 

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