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How does social stratification affect us biologically? Lindsay Fernandez-Rhodes filed this report from our October 2018 conference.
Cities face many health threats–and also many opportunities. Find out more at Drexel University’s 2017 Urban Health Symposium, September 7-8.
Despite the chaos and confusion, the ACA is still the law of the land. Where and how can population health research step in?
What’s the IAPHS all about? Read on for the Board’s vision for the organization and its future.
Voting begins July 28 for IAPHS’s 2017 election. At stake are the new President-Elect of IAPHS, who will subsequently serve as President and Past President; three new Board members serving 3-year terms, and a Student Representative to the Board who will serve a two-year term. Meet the candidates below… President Elect Lisa Berkman, PhD Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Epidemiology, and Global Health and Population T.H. Chan School of Public Health Harvard University Discipline: Epidemiology Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology Dornsife School of Public Health Drexel University Discipline: Epidemiology & Medicine Board Member (1) Sane Magnan, MD, PhD Senior Fellow, HealthPartners Institute Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Discipline: Medicine and Public Health Practice Joshua Sharfstein, MD Associate Dean, Public Health Practice & Training Professor of the Practice Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Discipline: Public health Board Member (2) Alison Aiello, MS, PhD Professor of Epidemiology University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health Discipline: Epidemiology Gina Lovasi, PhD Dornsife Associate Professor of Urban Health Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics […]
Every presidential administration brings a new set of priorities. These priorities affect the communities that public health researchers seek to study and protect. In light of the current administration’s immigration policy and increasing willingness to use immigration home raids to detain undocumented immigrants, it is more important than ever to understand the effects of immigration raids, at both the individual and community level. Dr. William Lopez, a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Michigan, agreed to chat with me about his immigration research and to discuss some ways population health researchers can become involved. Can you tell us about your research? Sure. During the Obama era, we saw up to 400,000 deportations a year. The sheer scale of the removal–400,000 people–is incredibly important, but we cannot overlook the effects that one individual deportation can cause to individuals, families, and communities. This is largely because, contrary to what is popularly portrayed, there is no collection of undocumented individuals living alone in isolated corners of the U.S. On the contrary, undocumented immigrants are linked through marriage, work, school, commerce, church, and many other ways to individuals of all immigration statuses. These are what I call “mixed-status communities.” In my work, I look […]
Book Review: The Lives of Community Health Workers – Local Labor and Global Health in Urban EthiopiaSusan Watkins
Book review: The Lives of Community Health Workers: Local Labor and Global Health in Urban Ethiopia, by Kenneth Maes, published by Routledge This deeply researched, intelligent, and persuasive book by Dr. Kenneth Maes addresses the moral economy of global aid for health. To fill the role of community health workers (CHWs), many poor countries extend the reach of their under-resourced public health systems by recruiting and training unpaid volunteers from poor, marginalized communities. The book describes the work of these volunteer CHWs in urban Ethiopia who willingly accept the task given to them: to provide care and support for their neighbors living with AIDS. What makes their unpaid work remarkable is that volunteers are themselves often struggling to make a living, and may themselves be HIV positive. The global health organizations and NGOs that implement donors’ programs on the ground recruit volunteers by using the language of morality. At one particular Ethiopian Volunteer Day event organized by a local NGO (HIWOT), volunteers were encouraged to sacrifice—to seek spiritual and mental rewards rather than material rewards. Themes included, “Let us protect children from HIV/AIDS and spread volunteer service” and “Everyone should give volunteer service in order to improve the country […]
Recently, UC Berkeley Professor Jason Corburn was awarded an 18-month grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for his project “Learning from Slum Upgrading for Building Healthy Communities.” Here, we interview him about his planned work. What is the goal of this project? The idea is to initiate a set of conversations between activists, researchers, and decision-makers involved in building more healthy and equitable communities. We hope to share strategies and learn from one another across the Global South and North, with the ultimate goal to reduce social and health inequities in urban communities around the world. Participants in the project include community activists, researchers, NGOs, community-based organizations, and community residents. The goal is to have practitioners from countries in the Global South, mostly in Africa and Southeast Asia, engage in a deep conversation with healthy community activists and practitioners in low-income communities of color in the U.S, namely in East Oakland and Richmond, California. This is just a starting point. The idea is not to rush to find one best practice, but to develop a new global network of practice – of action – that supports health equity. How do you plan to implement these ideas? The first task […]
A Report Card on National Government: How Will a New Government’s Policies Impact Population Health?Fred Zimmerman
It’s time for a National Dashboard – a report card on how well policy-makers are supporting the conditions that allow people to be healthy. Population health is about assuring the conditions in which people—all people—can be healthy. This effort has never been more important. I will be monitoring these conditions in the United States and reporting on them here on the IAPHS blog every six months. I welcome your input on which benchmarks should be included. I will begin by monitoring six key issues. Each one has a significant impact on population health, and each can be measured reliably and objectively each year. I’ve chosen these issues for two reasons: each one informs the conditions where health happens (or doesn’t), and each responds relatively quickly to policy changes. Together these metrics make a good start for a report card for the new administration. 1.The Number of Uninsured Americans. With control of Congress, the Republican Party may dismantle several aspects of the Affordable Care Act. For example, Republican Speaker Paul Ryan has promised to dramatically curtail Medicaid by block-granting it to the states. He would also like to end Medicare as we know it and replace it with a system of […]