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What’s “shiny new thing syndrome?” And how can biosocial scientists avoid it? Read on in this conference report from Lauren Brown.
The Population Research Center (PRC) at the University of Texas at Austin conducts robust programs in many population health areas: aging and longevity, reproductive health,
A report from our October 2018 conference: digital skills, the SUPER social determinant of health.
Maggie is a Research Assistant Professor (tenure track) in the Social Environment and Health Program/Survey Research Center/Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. She is a Social Demographer and Epidemiologist. She joined IAPHS in 2016. Learn more about Maggie on her website or follow her on twitter @mhicken. You can also follow her lab on twitter: University of Michigan RacismLab: @RacismLab.
Tell us a little about yourself, where are you from, where did you go to graduate school, what makes you jump out of bed each morning?
I grew up in Nebraska, but also spent a lot of time in North Carolina before moving to Michigan for graduate school. I love being an interdisciplinary researcher, especially at UM ISR, where this type of research is really supported.
How do you define yourself as a population health professional?
I think the first word that describes me within population health boundaries is transdisciplinary. While my doctoral degree is in public health, I had the good fortune to be trained in the interdisciplinary Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. The emphasis of my training was on the science and theory, no matter the discipline – so much so that I recall not really understanding these disciplinary boundaries after graduating. Of course, I have grown to understand how research is crafted in different disciplines, but I still maintain that original transdisciplinary core, integrating qualitative and quantitative approaches from across the social and biomedical sciences along with the arts and humanities. I have found that this approach — and its potential to better clarify the social determinants of health inequities and identify intervention points — is what makes science so exciting and powerful.
Thank you to everyone who made IAPHS 2018 – Pushing the Boundaries of Population Health Science: Social Inequalities, Biological Processes, and Policy Implications – such a success!
We’re live at our 2018 conference ! Join us on social media, Twitter, Facebook, and Instgram (@ia4phs).
Today we’re live at the first day of our 2018 conference, “Pushing the Boundaries of Population Health Science: Social Inequalities, Biological Processes, and Policy Implications,” in Washington DC.