Health and Society Program
The Program of Excellence on Health and Society supports a unique strength among LACC faculty and furthers Center efforts to address inequality, one of Latin America and the Caribbean's greatest challenges. Inequality in the region cannot be understood nor effectively addressed without close examination of the relationship between health and society.
Through its interdisciplinary Program of Excellence on Health and Society, LACC advocates for a more complete study of health and health disparities in the region by scholars and scientists and a deeper understanding among practitioners, policy-makers, and the general public of the societal and cultural causes of health-related challenges and inequities. The program prioritizes sustained collaboration with a broad and diverse community of local, national and international partners and supports impactful engagement with program constituents to ensure that LACC and its network of scholars remain at the forefront of efforts to understand and address the causes and consequences of some of the hemisphere's most complex challenges related to health.
The program facilitates dialogue to successfully confront health disparities in the region by shedding light on a variety of issues including, but not limited to income and other socioeconomic determinants of health, marginalized communities and lack of access, racial, ethnic and gender-based obstacles to health, the epidemiology of violence, human security, health, wellness and safety among the socially and/or culturally vulnerable, and health care economies and services.
The program also differs from more traditional clinical health sciences programs by fostering interdisciplinary social science approaches and collaborations that extend beyond disciplines of medicine and public health and result in a more integrated and holistic study of health and society in the Americas. The program also provides both existing and rising scholars with cutting-edge training on how to apply scholarship to public policy through innovative research techniques and interdisciplinary approaches, and provides them with opportunities to apply their training in practical ways in communities of practice.
Featured programming of the LACC Health and Society Program of Excellence includes: