JPB Fellows Workshop at IAPHS!

Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS) Conference.
Baltimore, Maryland Monday, October 2, 2023, at 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT


JPB Fellows, founding members of SERG (Socio-Environmental Research Group), will lead the workshop titled “Strengthening Research for Action at the Intersection of Environmental & Social Determinants of Health” during the IAPHS Conference on Monday, October 2, 2023 at 8:30AM – 12:30PM EDT

Session Chairs:
JPB Fellow Allison Appleton, Oregon Health & Science University, School of Nursing
JPB Fellow Hector Olvera-Alvarez, Oregon Health & Science University, School of Nursing

Social and environmental health risks do not exist in isolation and instead co-occur, particularly among populations that experience health inequities. Pervasive environmental injustices highlight the need for rigorous interdisciplinary socio-environmental research and effective strategies to improve health equity.

This capacity-building workshop aims to provide social scientists with theory and skills to engage with environmental health (EH) and environmental justice (EJ) research-to-action. Our three co-chairs (Katherine Dickinson, Allison Appleton, and Hector Olvera) are JPB Environmental Health Fellows and founding members of SERG (Socio-Environmental Research Group), a consortium of interdisciplinary scientists dedicated to studying the joint contribution of social and environmental determinants of health. This workshop has a 3 part structure. 1) Dr. Olvera will provide an introduction to conceptual frameworks illustrating how environmental and social determinants are jointly important to achieve health equity. 2) Dr. Appleton will lead an interactive environmental health primer, introducing key constructs, data resources, and analytic approaches that social scientists can incorporate into their research. 3) Dr. Dickinson will facilitate a research-to-action primer highlighting approaches for partnering with communities and decision-makers to maximize research accountability and impact. Participants will integrate materials during a final pitch session in which participants will propose applications of these research and engagement methods to enhance the impact of their ongoing work.