Breaking Out Of “Prisons Of The Proximate”: Incorporating Context And Agency Into Research On Health Equity

Jan 23, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
700-828 W. 10 Ave., VGH Research Pavilion
Jerry Spiegel

In a research program on the global food system and health equity being conducted in Ecuador and Canada, our team is integrating the Latin American “critical epidemiology” orientation that emphasize processes of social determination with more conventional empirical approaches.  This session will explore how the language and framings that are applied can bias/influence research; and consider the opportunities presented by respectful “North-South” global health partnerships so learning is truly bi-directional.

Articles being referenced in the session include:

•    Spiegel JM, Breilh J, Yassi A.  Why language matters: Insights and challenges in applying a social determination of health approach in a North-South collaborative research program. Globalization and Health. 2015 11:9 DOI 10.1186/s12992-015-0091-2
•    McMichael, A. J. (1999). Prisoners of the proximate: loosening the constraints on epidemiology in an age of change. American journal of epidemiology, 149(10), 887-897.