February 23, 2016
CDC Consultant to Discuss Social Factors of Health
Presentation set March 9 at SIU School of Medicine
What does it mean to be healthy? Is it just the absence of disease? How is health intertwined with other life fundamentals such as housing, transportation and education? Beth Fuller deMoulpied, DPH, a consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will speak about how these social factors intersect at a presentation at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
deMoulpied will present “Health in All Policies” at 4 pm, Wednesday, March 9, in the South Auditorium at the School of Medicine, 801 N. Rutledge St in Springfield. The event, hosted by the SIU Office of Community Health and Service, is free and open to the public.
“For years, the focus of public health has been on changing behaviors, such as encouraging healthy eating and exercise,” said David Steward, MD, associate dean of the Office for Community Health and Service. “But at SIU, we are thinking on a population-based scale about what it means to be healthy. We must consider how social and environmental factors impact our health.”
Health in All Policies is a collaborative approach to improve health and health equity by including health considerations into decision-making in all sectors and policy areas.
In addition to the CDC, deMoulpied is a consultant for the Georgia Health Policy Center and other health agencies. She is a sought-after speaker on the issues of translating research into policy and effective communication. deMoulpied has a doctorate in public health from Columbia University, a master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a bachelor’s in political science from Emory University.
SIU School of Medicine (www.siumed.edu) is a public medical school established in 1970 and focused on the health care needs of downstate Illinois. Its mission is to assist in the health care needs for the people of its region, which comprises the 66 central and southern Illinois counties, covering more than 25,000 square miles and more than two million people. The Office of Community Health and Service oversees a broad range of community health, professional education and health care outreach activities.