Population Science and Policy

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Welcome to SIU Medicine Department of Population Science and Policy (PSP). Our work expands SIU Medicine’s reach into the spaces where people live, work, learn and play. PSP focuses on improving a community’s social determinants of health through research, intervention and policy change. PSP consists of three divisions: The Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division gathers and analyzes data, Human and Community Development collaborates with communities to identify and implement solutions to improve health through mixed methods research, and Health System Science uses evidence-based research to inform and improve policies that affect the health of populations. PSP is working to move the dial on health in some of Illinois’ unhealthiest communities.

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Population Science and Policy Divisions

The Department of Population Science and Policy is divided into three divisions: Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Human and Community Development and Health System Science. Learn more about how we collaborate to improve health in Illinois.

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Rural Health

Summit to address rural program, policy needs Oct. 27

Rural communities require rural-specific, innovative programs and policies to reverse disparities in access to basic resources, education and educational opportunity. An upcoming event is designed to
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Amid national 'opioid epidemic' methamphetamine often overlooked

A new study shows methamphetamine remains a stubbornly prevalent illicit substance in large swaths of rural America. Findings recently published in JAMA Network Open indicate that methamphetamine is
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Hillsboro hospital, SIU Population Science win national rural health award

A collaboration between SIU’s Department of Population Science and Policy and Hillsboro Area Hospital has been recognized for its efforts to improve the health and well-being of residents in rural environments.