Fall 2011 Lecture Series "Plural Perspectives on Health and Health Policy"

Start: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 6:30 am

End: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 8:00 am

Dane Smith Hall Room 120

RWJF Center for Health Policy
Fall 2011 Lecture Series


"Making America Healthier For All:  What Each Of Us Can Do"


David Williams, PhD
Florence Sprague Norman & Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health
Professor of African and African American Studies, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University


 Thursday, October 27, 2011  12:30 pm- 2:00 pm
Dane Smith Hall Room 120


Americans are not as healthy as we can and should be. Moreover, large socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in health status persist. This presentation reviews the evidence that health is more a function of living and working conditions than of healthcare, and argues that efforts to reduce gaps in health should pay greater attention to improving underlying conditions, both within and outside the healthcare system. The presentation will provide evidence that tackling the social determinants of health, especially upstream factors such as housing, neighborhood conditions and increased socioeconomic status, can lead to reductions in health disparities.


  • describe how socioeconomic and racial differences in health today compare to patterns 50 years ago and in other countries
  • identify how factors such as where we live, learn, work and play affect health
  • list at least 3 ways in which interventions aimed at upstream factors such as housing, neighborhood environments and increased socioeconomic status can lead to improvements in health and achieve health equity




RWJF Center for Health Policy
The RWJF Center for Health Policy is the only health policy center dedicated to increasing the number of leaders from Latino and American Indian communities helping to shape the future of our nation’s health and health care. A collaboration of the University of New Mexico and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the RWJF Center for Health Policy focuses on inserting the perspectives of Latino, American Indian and other underrepresented groups into the most pressing health policy debates today.
Accreditation: The University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Nursing Accreditation: This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours by the University of New Mexico Office of Continuing Medical Education, an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Mexico Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Per the criteria for approval from the New Mexico Nurses Association, participants who are requesting nursing credit must attend the entire lecture to obtain the certificate of credit.
For more information contact the Center at 505-277-0130 or center@unm.edu or at our Web site http://healthpolicy.unm.edu.