Economy and Health: What is the Role of Public Health?
This online training module is eligible for 2 CPH recertification credits.
This SPH Roundtable will focus on the effects of recent changes in the economy on health and the strategies needed to improve the health of those most affected by the recession and job loss.
1)Describe how the changes in the economy affect health
2)Describe how changes in the economy contribute to health disparities
3)Describe policy and other strategies needed to improve the health of those most affected by downturns in the economy
Kate Strully, PhD, MA, is an assistant professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York, where she studies the causes behind economic disparities in health, particularly how health influences and is influenced by social position. Her work seeks to understand how social programs and policies mediate relationships between socioeconomic status and health. Strully is a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar. She received her PhD in sociology from New York University.
Paul Mattessich, PhD, is executive director of Wilder Research, one of the largest U.S. organizations to study the effectiveness of human service, education, public health, and other programs intended to improve quality of life. Wilder Research is the home of Minnesota Compass, a social indicators project that identifies trends, tracks progress, and provides analysis with the goal of improving communities. Mattessich serves on a variety of government and nonprofit task forces. He received his PhD in sociology from the University of Minnesota.
Melanie Ferris, MPH, is a research scientist at Wilder Research, where she conducts program evaluation and research in public health and children's mental health. She has studied health inequities in the Twin Cities metro, conducted process evaluations for Statewide Health Improvement Program grantees, and helped assess food accessibility in Ramsey County. Her current work will assess youth mental health and well-being in Hennepin County. Ferris received her MPH from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Health Disparities Work Group and Midwest Center for Life-Long-Learning in Public Health
University of Minnesota Medical School, Program in Health Disparities Research and Center for Health Equity
Supported, in part, by the Midwest Center for Life-Long-Learning in Public Health (HRSA Grant# 1UB6HP22822-01-00). Rhonda Jones-Webb and Jamie Stang, Co-PI/Directors. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the agencies.
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