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Occupational therapists could play a role in preventing gender-based violence and sex trafficking. Sabrinaz Bekmuratova explains how.
Katrina Walsemann shares how she established Carolina Consortium on Health, Inequalities, and Populations (CHIP) at the University of South Carolina—and how you can establish a population health center wherever you are.
From the Illinois Rural Health Summit to cancer disparities and building trauma-informed environments, get acquainted with the work of our institutional member of the month, Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine (SOM) Department of Population Science and Policy (PSP).
A Clarion Call for Enlisting Faith Partners to Address the Commercial Determinants of Population HealthRobert Pezzolesi
Faith partners may be a moral and practical antidote to commercial determinants of population health, suggests Robert Pezzolesi.
Savannah Larimore is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis. Savannah joined IAPHS in 2016. Follow her on twitter: @savhopel
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 the middle of North Carolina in a town so small most North Carolinians don’t know where it is! I recently received my PhD in Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle. I’m really fortunate to be involved in lots of different research projects related to health and the variety of topics I get to explore and the variety of people I get to work with make every day something to look forward to.
How do you define yourself as a population health professional?
This is a weirdly hard question to answer! I think of myself as a health sociologist on the border of medical sociology and social epidemiology. I also do a lot of teaching for different audiences and when I take on that role, I think of myself as a social determinants of health educator.
What disciplines do you engage with and are there disciplines that you would like to engage with?
I work mostly with demographers, sociologists, and physicians from various specializations. Every now and then I get to work with folks in geography, computer science, and global health, which is always really interesting. In the future, I would love to work with education researchers and practitioners to think critically about the relationship between education and health.