Exploring Population Health & Health Equity: Insights from an Economist and a Sociologist

  • 10 April 2024
    5:00 PM
  • Mendel Museum´s Augustinian Abbey Refectory at Mendel Square
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Emily Dore recently defended her dissertation, “A Structural Approach to Understanding the Long-Term Health Effects of Childhood Poverty” and will graduate with her Ph.D. in Sociology from Emory University in May 2024. She received her Master of Public Health (2017), Master of Social Work (2015), and Bachelor of Arts (2006) from Boston University. In June, Emily will begin a postdoctoral fellowship with the Social Policies for Health Equity Research (SPHERE) Center at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Emily studies the health effects of state-level structural determinants of health, including state-level policies and other state contexts, along the life course. Her work has recently appeared in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Health Affairs, and BMC Research Notes. Emily’s research currently receives funding support from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

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Michal Horný is a health services researcher and an Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health. His main research interest is in patients' experiences of the cost of care and implications for health care affordability and health equity. He received his PhD in Health Services Research from Boston University School of Public Health, his master’s degree in Stochastics and Financial Mathematics from VU University Amsterdam, and his bachelor’s degrees from Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, as well as the Institute of Economic Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Michal’s research has been supported by the Commonwealth Fund, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Health Affairs, JAMA Internal Medicine, Cancer, and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

A sociologist and health economist discuss the ways in which their fields approach the topics of population health and health equity in the U.S. Health equity means equal access to health-promoting resources and ultimately similar health outcomes across groups, with particular attention paid to underserved groups that are more likely to suffer from poor health. In the sociological context, health equity research focuses on the impact of social determinants of health, including income, education, gender, and race/ethnicity. In the health economics perspective, health care organization, policies, costs, and other barriers posed by the health care system are the main topics of scholarly work. Drs. Dore and Horný will present an overview of their fields' approaches to these questions and will follow up their talks with a moderated discussion by Dr. Jakub Hlávka.

Please contact Dagmar Špalková (e-mail) with any questions.


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