Health Effects of Non-Health Policy

A conference and edited volume organized by the National Poverty Center

February 9-10, 2006,
Bethesda Hyatt Regency
One Bethesda Metro Center (7400 Wisconsin Ave),
Bethesda, Maryland, USA

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About the Conference

Health policy is often equated with health insurance and programs explicitly linked with the provision of medical and health services. However, many public policies and expenditures can and do affect population health and health disparities, even though health is neither a central goal nor an anticipated side effect of these efforts. The well-established strong positive associations of health with income, wealth, education, and housing conditions suggest that a wide range of socioeconomic policies may affect health, and some policies and expenditures may have greater effects on population health than some explicitly health-focused policies.

This conference brings together a group of scholars and policy researchers to shed some light on the state of the evidence and need for additional research in this area.

The conference will feature twelve papers by scholars who were commissioned by the National Poverty Center to explore the health impacts of six areas of social and economic policy:

(1) Housing and neighborhood/community policies;

(2) civil rights and anti-discrimination policies;

(3) education policies;

(4) income support programs over the life course;

(5) welfare programs and reforms;

(6) employment and macroeconomic policies.

The conference will include formal discussion of the pair of papers in each area by two experts, and of the overall set of 12 by several general discussants, with time in each session for open questions and discussion involving conference attendees.

Conference participants will include government decision-makers, agency staff, academic researchers, and policy analysts.

The project is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Annie E. Casey Foundation; and the Russell Sage Foundation.

For more information, contact the National Poverty Center at npcinfo@umich.edu.

About the edited volume

The Russell Sage Foundation will publish the conference papers in a volume called “Social and Economic Policy as Health Policy” edited by Schoeni, House, Kaplan, and Pollack. The book will be available in a cloth version in January 2008.

Registration

This event is by invitation only.

Accommodations

The NPC’s sleeping room block at the conference hotel is limited to speakers and other invited guests. We cannot reserve rooms for general conference participants, so we encourage you to secure your own accommodations soon.

Organizers

The project is directed by four scholars who have complementary skills.

James S. House, Angus Campbell Collegiate Professor of Sociology and Survey Research, and Research Professor in the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research and Research Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology of the School of Public Health, University of Michigan.

Robert F. Schoeni, Research Associate Professor, Institute for Social Research, Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, and Associate Director of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics.

Harold Pollack, Associate Professor at the School of Social Service Administration; Faculty Chair, Center for Health Administration Studies, University of Chicago

George A. Kaplan, Thomas Francis Collegiate Professor of Epidemiology, Research Professor in the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research and Director of the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health, University of Michigan.

 


For more information

Please contact the National Poverty Center at npcinfo@umich.edu.

Sponsored by the National Poverty Center, with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Annie E. Casey Foundation; and the Russell Sage Foundation.