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Do you need more than one coder? IAPHS Blog Editor Danya Keene looks at the advantages and concerns of multiple coders.
Jefferson College of Population Health is the nation’s very first college of population health. Find out what they’re up to today, including the Hearst Health Prize for Excellence in Population Health, a colloquium, and two peer-reviewed journals.
Christy L. Erving is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. They joined IAPHS in 2015. Learn more about Christy on her website and follow her on twitter: @ChristyLErving
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 was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. After completing a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Hispanic Studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas, I attended graduate school at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. After completing my graduate studies, I had the amazing opportunity to work for two years at University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar. I enjoy the multifaceted nature of the work that I do as an academic, so some days I’m motivated to deliver a lecture to my undergraduate students, while other days I’m excited to re-engage with a research paper I’ve been working on, or meeting with doctoral students to discuss their intellectual ideas and curiosities.
How do you define yourself as a population health professional?
As a whole my research employs quantitative methods to explore how race, ethnicity, immigrant status, and gender interact to produce differentials in a variety of health outcomes. I am formally trained as a sociologist, with subfield emphases in medical sociology, mental health, race/ethnicity, and social psychology in particular. However, I began to expand my intellectual identity during my post-doc years at UW-Madison. Now, I certainly consider myself a population health scientist, and my work seeks to thoughtfully integrate a variety of disciplinary perspectives that will help us more comprehensively understand how social disparities in health are produced and maintained.
At our 2019 Conference in Seattle, Dr. Michael McGinnis was presented with the inaugural J. Michael McGinnis Excellence in Leadership Award. In accepting this award he shared his thoughts on the value of IAPHS and its members to population health. As we begin to gear up for our 2020 conference (abstracts are due March 9), we asked Dr. McGinnis to share these thoughts on our blog.