Biology/RIMI Colloquium - Dr. Laura A. Schmidt

Biology/RIMI Colloquium - Dr. Laura A. Schmidt

Postby cdouglas » Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:13 pm

California State University, Fresno cosponsored by the Social Work Education Department and the Research Infrastructure for Minority Institutions Program (RIMI)

“The Best Health Policies are Economic Policies: How Nations Can Move Towards a Grand
in Population Health"

Laura A. Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH
Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies Health &
Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Friday, March 14, 2014
Science, Room 147
3-4 p.m.

What really supports a healthy population? You might think it's having access to the best medical care, or how diligently individuals pursue a healthful lifestyle. But in this public lecture, Dr. Laura Schmidt, a leading health policy researcher, shows that what largely determines the health and longevity of populations is inequality - both economic and social. She suggests that narrowing the gap between rich and poor nations is the only truly effective global solution to promoting health and long life. Today, the leading causes of death, even in poorer nations, are chronic "diseases of affluence" - heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke. These are driven by the globalization of markets and rising consumption of tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy processed foods. Dr. Schmidt explains how we currently face a brief window of opportunity to prevent global chronic disease through the re-engineering of trade policies, international legal instruments and market-based reforms.
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