IAPHS Founder and Senior Advisor Chris Bachrach shares her favorite moments from the 2019 IAPHS Conference in Seattle.
- Book Review
- Calls for Submissions
- Conference Highlight
- Funding Opportunities
- Member of the Month
- New Publication
- Research Highlight
- Round-Up Summary
Moving from Research to Action: A Report on the Health And…Racial Equity & Urban Well-Being ConferenceElaine Meyer
How can population health researchers go beyond describing the causes of disease to take action, and where should these researchers’ place in the action be? NYU’s Elaine Meyer reports from the Health And…Racial Equity & Urban Well-Being Conference.
More and more, researchers are beginning to appreciate the importance of studying the effects of conflict on population health. As physical anthropologists looking for ways to assess violence against non-combatant civilians, we discovered the “Dirty War Index” (DWI), first introduced by Hicks and Spagat (2008). Used to determine the ‘dirtiness’ of combat, the DWI is generally considered a modern public health tool. However, we also found it effective in looking at past conflict, when paired with bioarchaeological methods and historic research. Recently, we have conducted a couple of case studies using the DWI, including one on the twenty-first century Syrian Civil War, and another on the mid-nineteenth century Mountain Meadows Massacre in Utah. The DWI is a simple ratio that empirically assesses “dirty” acts. This allows us to compare trends across different combatant groups, combat events, and armed conflicts. The denominator is the total potential times a certain undesirable action COULD occur, and the numerator is how many times it DID occur. For example, to assess the number of prisoners tortured, one would place the total number of prisoners taken in the denominator, and the total number of prisoners tortured in the numerator. A DWI of 100 would be extremely […]
House vote on the AHCA canceled This month, House Speaker Paul Ryan presented the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to the American public. Many healthcare organizations, such as the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association came out against it, as did AARP. In addition, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the AHCA would reduce the number of insured individuals by 24 million over the next decade. Despite making changes to the bill to satisfy both the more moderate and conservative wings of the party, Ryan pulled the bill on Friday, when it became apparent that it wouldn’t be able to garner enough votes to pass the House. Related: IAPHS President Sandro Galea published an article this month in the Milbank Quarterly entitled Revisiting Burke: The AHCA and Freedom from Sickness. In it, he explores the philosopher Edmund Burke’s emphasis on building structures that safeguard well-being to create a context in which individual liberty can be enjoyed by all. Whereas much of the AHCA debate has focused on the importance of freedom “to” enjoy certain liberties (such as the choice to buy or not to buy health insurance), Galea asserts that freedom “from” certain threats, such as sickness or financial ruin, is equally important. […]
Need Inspiration for your undergrad Population Health Course? Browse our collection of syllabi gathered by IAPHS colleague Lindsay Till Hoyt. The syllabi cover a range of topics, including social determinants of health, health disparities, social justice, public health and health promotion. The individuals donating the syllabi have agreed to make them publicly available as a resource. If you’d like to contribute your syllabus to the collection, please email us! Click each title below to view the PDF Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities – Julie Maslowsky, University of Texas, Austin Health Disparities in a Social Context – Cynthia Colen, Ohio State University Social Justice and Health – Erika Blacksher, University of Washington School of Medicine Inequality and Health – Sara Shostak, Brandeis University Social Forces, Health, and the Lifecourse – Mark Pachucki, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Global Biocultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Public Health – Helena Hansen, New York University Contemporary Issues in Public Health – Summer Hawkins and Joyce Edmonds, Boston College Health Promotion Strategies from the Population to the Individual – Julie Maslowsky, University of Texas, Austin Sociology of Mental Health – Jason Houle, Dartmouth College Sociology of Medicine – Jennifer Jennings and Sarah Cowan, New York University […]
Knowledge Exchange resources available from the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health InstituteIAPHS Staff
The Population Health Institute has made available a set of resources for researchers interested in knowledge exchange projects with partners such as community groups, policymakers, and government organizations who are seeking strategies to improve population health. The resources include a set of Profiles of 10 knowledge exchange projects conducted by early-career researchers in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health & Society Scholar (HSS) program at the University of Wisconsin; a free knowledge exchange toolkit; and websites and articles for anyone who would like to learn more about knowledge exchange. The Profiles features a Preface from knowledge-exchange expert John Lavis (McMaster University), an Introduction from HSS site directors Dave Kindig (Emeritus Professor of Population Health Sciences, Emeritus Vice-Chancellor for Health Sciences) and Steph Robert (Director of the School of Social Work), and a reflection on the HSS knowledge exchange program from Steph Robert. You can download the full report and other resources at https://uwphi.pophealth.wisc.edu/HSS-knowledge-exchange/.
A recent report commissioned by the IOM Roundtable on Population Health Improvement offers a vision and specific recommendations for future training in interdisciplinary population health science. The report reflects the findings of a distinguished group of population health leaders who met June 1-2, 2015 meeting at the Institute of Medicine in Washington DC. Training in Interdisciplinary Health Science: Current Successes and Future Needs addresses core competencies, training practices, and institutional supports needed for training programs; discusses training opportunities and challenges from undergraduate to the post-doctoral level and beyond, and recommends a model for programs at the doctoral and post-doctoral levels. See the executive summary, read the report online, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy (limited supplies available). If you are developing training programs in population health science, please send us information and we will post notices!