Speaker Series 2020


Beyond Health Care: How Social Determinants Contribute to Our Well-being

As you might imagine, the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting state of emergency at the university forced us to cancel the last two spring events in our in-person speaker series. As the university looks to return to a new normal in the fall, we remain committed to providing our community with opportunities to engage in discussions with a wide array of experts about the necessity of integrating social determinants into public health and health care practice.

Please stay tuned — We look forward to seeing you in the fall!


Spring 2020

POSTPONED, new date TBD. March 30, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Townsend Hall 38
Cynthia Colen, Department of Sociology
The Intergenerational Transmission of Discrimination: Children’s Experiences of Unfair Treatment and Their Mothers’ Health at Midlife

Children who report more frequent instances of discrimination have mothers whose self-rated health declines more rapidly between ages 40 and 50 years. Furthermore, racial disparities in exposure to discrimination among children explains almost 10% of the black–white gap but little of the Hispanic–white gap in self-rated health among these mothers.


POSTPONED, new date TBD. March 16, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Meiling Hall 234
Millie Dolce and Hannah Keedy, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Health Equity as a Lens for Viewing Health Outcomes

We will explore the role health equity plays in health outcomes with a particular focus on pediatric health outcomes. We will look at the prevalence of health disparities at the national and state level, explore strategies for addressing health equity, and examine recent efforts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to address social determinants of health. Suggestions for advancing health equity within organizations and agencies will be discussed.


February 26, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Cunz Hall 160
Jason Reece, Knowlton School of Architecture
Housing as a Social Determinant of Health: Strategies, Tensions and Reforms
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The intersection of housing and health has been long recognized as an important social determinant of health. My talk will explore the tensions surrounding various housing intervention strategies, with a particular focus on the debate surrounding investing “in place” versus supporting “housing mobility” as a social determinant intervention. The presentation will look at the benefits and limitations of both strategies and introduce structural conditions which is exacerbating housing instability in the U.S.


February 3, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Page Hall LEC (Room 130)
Co-hosted with the Glenn College Colloquium Series
Greg Moody, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
Upstream Priority: the role of social determinants in promoting health
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Medical care alone cannot address what actually makes us sick. Most of our health is determined by the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money and resources, and are mostly responsible for health inequities in our communities. Increasingly, government and community leaders are focused on addressing the underlying social and economic conditions that lead to health inequities, and seeking strategies that advance the long-term goal of improving overall community health. We will take a look at the status of these efforts and identify ways we can make our communities healthier for everyone.