Population Science and Policy

Welcome

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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Making a difference

The Department of Population Science and Policy works within communities to create sustainable change.

Latest articles

Report, Webinar Focus on Impact of COVID-19 and the Opioid Epidemic

SPRINGFIELD, IL – A new report describes the impact of COVID-19 on the existing rural opioid epidemic and identified opportunities to treat opioid addiction and reduce fatalities in rural Illinois.
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Former HHS Acting Secretary and Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan Joins SIU Medicine Population Science and Policy Advisory Board

Springfield, IL – SIU Medicine Department of Population Science and Policy (PSP), an academic medical department dedicated to improving the social determinants of health in rural and underserved
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Report, Webinar Focuses on Impact of COVID-19 and Rural Children’s Development

SPRINGFIELD, IL – A new report finds that the pandemic is having an outsize impact on rural children as COVID-19 continues to complicate the systems that support rural children’s development. Children
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COVID-19 and Rural Nutrition and Fitness in Illinois: Transforming Healthy Communities

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois must improve access to healthy foods and fitness opportunities in rural regions to improve health in rural communities. Living in a rural area in Illinois is associated with
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Rural Health Summit: COVID-19 and Public Health Systems

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The future of rural public health requires investment in data systems and public health workforce as well as enhanced partnerships between health care providers and public health
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New Recommendations Aim to End Illinois’ Rural Health Crisis

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois officials must take swift action to end the rural mental health crisis worsened by COVID-19, says a new policy brief released by Rural Health Summit organizers, Southern