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Advancing Health Equity Through Research and Engagement



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This is Part of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research's Talks at Twelve Series.

Health equity is a widely touted but vexingly elusive goal. A significant body of academic research addresses research questions related to health equity, but the gap between research outputs and concrete social change is often yawning. How can academic research and robust public engagement be integrated to advance health equity?

This talk will draw on two ongoing engagement-centric research projects to shed light on this question. Bringing together insights from research on health policy and housing policy, Dr. Jamila Michener, associate professor of government and public policy and senior associate dean for public engagement at the Brooks School of Public Policy, will reflect on the perils, possibilities, and prospects of advancing health equity through community-engaged, policy-oriented scholarship. The talk will conclude by spotlighting the roles of two key institutions in supporting engaged research at Cornell: The Brooks School of Public Policy and the Cornell Center for Health Equity, where Michener is co-director.

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Jamila Michener is an associate professor of government and public policy at Cornell. She studies poverty, racism, and public policy, with a particular focus on health and housing. She is the author of the award-winning book, “Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics.” She is associate dean for public engagement at the Brooks School of Public Policy, co-director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, co-director of the Politics of Race, Immigration, Class and Ethnicity (PRICE) research initiative, and board chair of the Cornell Prison Education Program.


Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research

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