Each month, we curate the top news in population health. This month, how black churches support mental health, an update on the rural hospital crisis, loneliness and dementia, technology meets vaccination tracking in Tanzania, poor dental care and seniors, and much more.
- Book Review
- Calls for Submissions
- Conference Highlight
- Funding Opportunities
- Member of the Month
- New Publication
- Research Highlight
- Round-Up Summary
On November 27, 2018, the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research will host the third NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival. The festival highlights exciting research results, emerging areas, and innovations in health-related behavioral social science research.
Repeated acts of violence, economic disparities, and structural racism can affect the health and well-being of communities. Mike Esposito filed this 2018 conference report focusing on Black and other communities of color.
Join the NAM for a one hour webinar where field leaders will explore the meanings of both social determinants of health and health equity and what it means to apply these terms to enact change in the real world. November 29, 2018, 4:00-5:00pm ET. Registration required.
This National Science Foundation solicitation supports the development of innovative analytical and statistical methods and models for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences. MMS seeks proposals that are methodologically innovative, grounded in theory, and have potential utility for multiple fields within the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. As part of its larger portfolio, the MMS Program partners with a consortium of federal statistical agencies to support research proposals that further the production and use of official statistics. Multiple mechanisms supported. Annual deadline, next is January 31, 2019.
Like Aretha says, THINK. What are you trying to do to this data? Lourdes Rodriguez reports from “Technological Innovations and Population Health…Friends, Foes, or Both?” at our October 2018 conference.
Bethany Everett is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Utah. She joined IAPHS in 2018. Learn more about Bethany on her faculty website and follow her on twitter: @bethanygeverett
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 Crescent City, CA – the last (and very small) town on the California coast before you hit Oregon. It is most famous for being the site of Pelican Bay State Prison, but also where they filmed the ewok scenes in Star Wars Return of the Jedi. I received my PhD in Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012 and worked as a graduate research assistant in the Institute of Behavioral Sciences at CU Boulder. Usually it is my young daughter that makes me jump out of bed each morning, but studying and fighting for reproductive and LGBT rights get me excited to come to work each day.
How do you define yourself as a population health professional?
I think of myself as a Sociologist first but my work is defined by being interdisciplinary. The LGBT health field is a relatively small (but growing!) area, so a lot of my research has had to be interdisciplinary in order to collaborate with others. I was very lucky to have an NIH Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) award from 2012-2014, which exposed me to a lot of research in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine and influenced my decision more recently to focus my research on family planning and maternal and child health among sexual minority women.
How can individuals care for their health when they don’t have a home, don’t feel “at home”, and when home has different gendered meanings? A conference report from Emily Walton.