Hailey Ballard

Hailey Ballard


Dominick Lemas, Assistant Professor, PhD


College of Medicine


Microbiology and Cell Science


Medical Geography in Global Health, Bioinformatics


Society for Viral Studies - Vice President, Outdoor Adventure Recreation

Academic Awards

University of Florida CALS SHARE Scholarship, CALS Deans List, Bob Graham 2021 Civic Scholar, 2021-2022 University Scholar, Florida Bright Futures


Florida Museum of Natural History, Suncoast Community Blood Bank

Research Interests

Medical Geography, Maternal-Infant Outcomes, Clinical Research

Hobbies and Interests

Hiking & Camping, Reading, Traveling

Research Project

Geographical Predictors of Breastfeeding Efficacy and Maternal-Infant Health Outcomes

The built environment plays a critical role in determining child-maternal health outcomes following pregnancy by influencing lifestyle choices and health predictors. World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that individuals should live within 5 kilometers of a health facility. However, many individuals living in the United States do not meet this recommended standard or choose to travel outside it. Additionally, research on the impact of geographical accessibility on breastfeeding and postpartum health is limited. Therefore, the goal of this project is to investigate geographical distance and travel time to healthcare facilities and their associations with breastfeeding efficacy and maternal and infant health outcomes. The first aim of this project is to explore common geographical indicators of health against breastfeeding efficacy and duration. The second aim is to compare the same geographical indicators to child-maternal health outcomes at 12-months post-partum. The results of this study will expand upon the current knowledge of breastfeeding and maternal-infant outcomes through healthcare accessibility measured by distance and travel time to three key healthcare service facilities.