Presenting the Power of Collaboration
Jan. 17, 2018
A panel featuring Bukola Bakare of Health Policy Research Scholars and participants from three of RWJF’s other leadership development programs took center stage at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, the nation’s largest gathering of people working to advance public health, in Atlanta on Nov. 6.
The panel, moderated by RWJF’s John Lumpkin, senior vice president/program, highlighted the need and opportunity for public health to work with people from many other sectors to improve community conditions for health. Panelists also spoke—with great conviction—about the unique nature of the leadership programs to help them collaborate with people from other sectors, linking fields from transportation to labor relations to health.
Bukola Bakare is a transportation and logistics doctoral student at North Dakota State University. She described how her own health issues, along with her interest in transportation, led her to explore how to get healthier food to communities—or to bring communities to healthier food. “Most transportation systems don’t consider people’s health,” she said. “We need to ask ‘why not?’ And then we need to research the ‘why’ more deeply so we can get to the ‘how’ sooner.”
Lumpkin concluded the panel by asking each speaker to share who had most influenced them during their time in their respective programs. The answer was unanimous: the other people in the programs, who inspired them with creative solutions to pressing problems, exposed them to new ways of thinking, and opened access to research and new approaches they hadn’t had access to before.
For more information about all the programs, including a tool to help determine which program might be right for you or someone you know, please visit the RWJF Program Finder
Tackling Health Insurance at APHA
Dec. 15, 2017
Multiple HPRS scholars took to the stage to share their research with the public health community at this year’s American Public Health Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Paul Shafer—one of the presenting scholars—showcased his project “Effects of Advertising for a State-based Health Insurance Marketplace on Information-seeking Behavior” for the Delta Omega panel, along with other health researchers from around the country. A doctoral student in health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Paul was selected from a pool of applicants for consideration by the Delta Omega national office.
“I was excited and honored to represent the Gillings School and share this work with the public health community at APHA this year,” said Paul. His presentation was especially timely, given the recent reduction in federal advertising for the current enrollment period.
As part of the Health Policy Research Scholars program, Paul is measuring the effect of coverage gains under the Affordable Care Act on emergency department and primary care utilization, with a focus on the previously uninsured. His research also touches on the impact of advertising on gains in insurance coverage and health exchange usage at the federal, state, and local levels. To learn more about Paul’s background and work, visit his profile page.
Meet the Scholars: Gayle Shipp
Dec. 27, 2017
As a food science and nutrition PhD student at Michigan State University, Gayle Shipp is examining the impacts of food deserts, social supports, and other factors on child and maternal health care. Through the Health Policy Research Scholars program, she is using an interdisciplinary research lens to better understand how breastfeeding disparities in the African-American community can be addressed. Gayle will apply the findings of her research in her own community to transform policy and practice.
Watch Gayle’s video to hear more about her experience with HPRS, and learn more about her research by visiting her profile page.
Addressing Discrimination Abroad
Oct. 1, 2017
As a health education PhD student at the University of Michigan, Kristefer Stojanovski is working to elucidate and present health issues through a human rights framework. A former Fulbright grantee to Macedonia, Kristefer focuses on sexual and mental disparities among sexual and gender minorities in the United States and the Balkans.
This November, as part of the European Public Health Association’s Annual Conference, Kristefer travelled to Stockholm, Sweden, to present on the impact of discrimination on sexual minorities in Macedonia.
You can learn more about Kristefer and follow his work on his HPRS page.