Conference Program Chairs
Theresa Osypuk is a social epidemiologist, and her research examines why place and social policy influence health and health disparities. She studies the influence of racial residential segregation, neighborhood context, and social and economic policies implemented outside of the health sector, for their effects on health disparities across the life course. Read more
Professor Elizabeth Heger Boyle (Department of Sociology & College of Law, University of Minnesota) studies the role of law in the realization of women’s and children’s right to health, particularly in the global south. She has written extensively on the impetus for and impact of laws related to female genital cutting, and considered the impact of laws and international treaties on adolescent childbearing, vaccinations, under-5 mortality, and educational enrollments. Read more
Professor Boyle is committed to making comparative health microdata more accessible to researchers around the world at all types of institutions. To that end, she is the Principal Investigator (along with Dr. Miriam L. King) on IPUMS Demographic and Health Surveys (IPUMS DHS), funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development (Grant 2R01HD069471-06), and IPUMS Performance Monitoring and Accountability (IPUMS PMA), funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Both IPUMS DHS and IPUMS PMA provide fully harmonized and well-documented health data to scholars for free. Professor Boyle is also currently collaborating with Dr. Matthew Sobek and partners at UNICEF to develop an online tabulator to simplify analyses with UNICEF’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey data.