Can social epigenomics help us understand health disparities? In this report from our 2018 conference, Belinda Needham shares new studies underway to answer this question.
Monthly Archives: January 2019
- Book Review
- Calls for Submissions
- Conference Highlight
- Funding Opportunities
- Member of the Month
- New Publication
- Research Highlight
- Round-Up Summary
- Training Opportunities
Morgan Philbin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public. She joined IAPHS in 2016. Learn more about Morgan on her website and follow her on twitter: @morgan_philbin
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’m from a small town in California (San Luis Obispo) that I still go back to every chance I get; there aren’t many places where you can start your day surfing and end with a hike up a mountain. I moved east for college (Wesleyan University) and graduate school (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) with some year-long detours in Tijuana, Mexico, and Beijing/Kunming, China. As for getting out of bed, I really enjoy my colleagues and being in a truly interdisciplinary department. I’ve had so many great discussions that have started with “so I have this random question…”
How do you define yourself as a population health professional?
The first description that comes to mind is that I take a big qual/little quant approach to exploring how socio-structural factors impact the lives of vulnerable young people, particularly sexual and racial/ethnic minority youth. People often associate population health with giant, quantitative data sets but I’ve been working to integrate qualitative and ethnographic research into population health to try and provide a more nuanced picture of how things like state-level policies play out on the ground and impact people’s lives. This approach has also allowed me to work with individuals, and integrate theoretical approaches, from across multiple disciplines.
The APHA 2019 Call for Abstracts is open! Submit your abstract today to be considered to present at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Deadlines range between Feb. 19-22.
Join IAPHS for its 2019 conference, to be held Oct 1-4 in Seattle, Washington. Submissions are open for Panels and Abstracts; Abstracts may be accepted for Poster or Oral presentation. Submission Deadline – March 11, 2019.
The 2019 Active Living Conference theme will address the Intended and Unintended Outcomes of Building Active and Healthy Communities. Examples of such outcomes include challenges, solutions, and lessons learned related to gentrification, pollution mitigation, shifting rural landscapes, economic development, sun exposure, injury prevention, health equity, social inclusion, and community engagement and empowerment. February 17-20, 2019 | Charleston, SC.
February 4-5, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C. Join health care decision makers, policy experts, advocates, consumers, patients, researchers, and leaders from the public and private sectors to share the latest evidence and discuss the most critical issues and immediate policy priorities in United States health care.
Research on the relationship between immigration policy and population health, well-being, and equity impacts is important and relevant, according to our 2018 Conference panel. Read more in this conference report from Erin Hagan.
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Latin America Studies at The University of Arizona invite applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position. While all candidates with appropriate expertise will be considered, we are particularly interested in scholars with experience in cross-border settings that may include trans-border health issues; health and migration; transnational disease; health, environment and extractive industries; and/or gender, violence, and trauma. Review begins on January 7, 2019.
A new assistant professor (tenure-track, academic year) position in Health Studies of the Middle East and North Africa at the University of Arizona, broadly defined, will be placed in a department in the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Review begins on January 21, 2019 and will remain open until filled.