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Towards a people's social epidemiology: An intergenerational study of place, embodiment, & health via participatory action research with residents of public housing
by Petteway, Ryan J., Dr.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 2015, 127; 10086193
Abstract (Summary)

Social Epidemiology has made critical contributions to understanding health inequities. However, translation of social epidemiology science into meaningful and timely action remains a challenge. With so much focus within the field on issues like social position, discrimination, racism, power, and privilege, there has been surprisingly little deliberation about the extent and value of social inclusion and equity within the field itself, and how the challenge of translation might be more readily met through re-envisioning the role of the people in the research enterprise—reimagining what “social” could, or even should, mean for the future of the field. Place-health research represents a particularly promising subfield within which to emphasize these principles, especially within the context of public housing.

Thus, the overall aim for my dissertation work was to conduct research at the nexus of public health and public housing by integrating participatory research methods and information communication technologies (ICTs) to democratize the research process and facilitate local action. In this spirit, my work develops, introduces, and field-tests 3 interrelated and nested concepts that, in application, represent a model for inclusive and equitable social epidemiology: A People’s Social Epidemiology, the Placescape, and Geographies of Embodiment. (Abstract shortened by ProQuest.)

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Morello-Frosch, Rachel
Commitee: Mujahid, Mahasin, Nuru-Jeter, Amani, Parikh, Tapan
School: University of California, Berkeley
Department: Public Health
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 77/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Public health, Epidemiology
Keywords: Cbpr, Place and health, Placescapes, Public housing, Social epidemiology
Publication Number: 10086193
ISBN: 978-1-339-59326-5
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