Population Health in the United States: Debates, Denominators and New Policy Directions

Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

The Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences at UCLA

Speaker: Paula Lantz, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the James B. Hudak Professor of Health Policy, University of Michigan

Faculty host: Mark Peterson, Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law, UCLA

In this talk, Lantz will explore long-standing tensions between downstream health care versus upstream social policy approaches to reducing racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in the health of the U.S. population, drawing heavily from her own research and policy engagement.  This includes an analysis of the pros and cons of the recent emergence of "population health management" activities in health care systems and health insurance plans.

Lantz is the associate dean for academic affairs and the James B. Hudak Professor of Health Policy at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She also holds an appointment as professor of health management and policy at the School of Public Health. Lantz is a social demographer who conducts policy-focused research regarding the role of medical care along with social factors such as housing, income security and education in the health of communities and populations. Lantz served as the director of the University of Michigan Policies for Action Research Hub, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, engaging in a number of research projects investigating public policy approaches to reducing social inequities in health. She is currently leading a project regarding the potential for and challenges associated with using social impact bonds to finance public/private partnerships aimed at improving population health.  Professor Lantz received an MA in sociology from Washington University, St. Louis, and an MS in epidemiology and PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are requested at marschaklantz.eventbrite.com.


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