Health and health care disparities are well recognized in the United States. According to Healthy People 2020, health disparities disproportionately impact racial and ethnic minorities as well as others based on socioeconomic status, religion, gender, place and more. These disparities are due to systemic barriers to accessing health care and beliefs about western medicine. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) noted that the social and physical circumstances in which people find themselves significantly affect the way they live, as well as a wide range of health and quality-of-life outcomes. Reducing disparities to achieve health equity will require a multidisciplinary approach to tackling SDOH through changes to policies and practices in education, neighborhoods, economic and employment opportunities, healthcare access and parenting support.
As part of the Provost’s Year of Healthy U initiative, we are organizing a one-day cross-disciplinary conference around the topic of family and health. In this conference, we plan to focus on the role of the family in education, health, caregiving, social support, and in shaping beliefs about sickness/health and medicine, and health behaviors.
A Call for Papers has been issued with a deadline of 11:00 pm EST on January 25, 2018.
Registration information will be posted in 2018.
Questions? Contact HinH@pitt.edu