HEALTH, HEALTH POLICY, AND HEALTH SERVICES
1. The study of the social sources of disease and disability.
2. The study of the development and delivery of health-related care at the interactional as well as the institutional level.
3. The study of social definitions of health and illness, both within and outside the health professions.
4. The study of disparities in health and health care through the lens of a broad range of social dimensions.
5. The study of the experiences of health, illness, and disability from the perspectives of lay people (including patients) and community-based groups (including those committed to social justice in health care.)
6. The comparative study of health care delivery systems and health care policies.
7. The complexities arising from the interdependence of technological change, other social institutions, the environment, and health.
The Division of Health, Health Policy, and Health Services includes scholars and activists with diverse points of view. Recognizing the essential link between inequalities structured around race, class, gender, age, sexual orientation, and health, many members of the Division view social justice and justice in health as inseparable, with disparities in health firmly grounded in the socially structured inequalities that shape access to the resources necessary to maintain health. Justice in health, therefore, requires addressing underlying social and economic injustices. For many Division members, a just world in relation to health issues would regard the preservation and restoration of health as a basic human right. Justice in health would mean that all people would have adequate resources for preserving health and adequate access to health care regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, disability or region. Justice in health would also mean that all people would have access to the informal and material resources that would enable them to maximize their control over all decisions that directly and indirectly affect their health.
Division mission statement edited in November 2022 by Jennifer Roebuck Bulanda, Miami University, Health, Health Policy, and Health Services Division Co-Chair, 2021-2023 and Yuying Shen, Norfolk State University, Health, Health Policy, and Health Services Division Co-Chair, 2022-2024.
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