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Chancellor’s Research Symposium on Population Health and Wellness

Monday, April18

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center

Optimizing the health of populations is a critical issue in the United States and worldwide. It is a complex problem that requires collaboration among diverse sectors—heath care, government, business, education, media, and communities—to address prevalent population health problems such as asthma, diabetes, obesity, and racial and socioeconomic disparities in a range of mental and physical health outcomes.

This symposium will feature Rutgers University–Camden faculty members who will present their research on topics pertaining to this area. Following the presentations will be a panel discussion in which our faculty experts will discuss key population health issues and strategies to address them. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Janice Beitz (professor, nursing)
“A Culture of Health? Diabetes Care in New Jersey”

While the American health care system purports to promote health, the reality is current health systems and community-based organizations are functioning as Illness care systems. The state of New Jersey’s situation regarding diabetes care will be discussed along with some perspectives on future needed initiatives.

Dr. Gwendolyn Harris (executive director, Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs)
“Research at the Rand”

The Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs is involved in a myriad of projects that are concerned with health and wellness across the seven southern counties of New Jersey. Dr. Harris will highlight some of those projects and suggest opportunities that could build from them.

Dr. Carol Kaufman-Scarborough (professor, marketing)
“Social Exclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Community at Large: How can an Inclusive Approach Enhance Health and Wellness?”

As members of a consumer-based society, people quite naturally desire to participate in its consumer culture while experiencing a sense of normalcy. They seek to create their own identities, to examine and compare products, to experience belonging and welcome, as well as companionship as they shop. However, ableist architecture, barriers, and biases related to disability can impede consumer participation and form the foundation for marketplace exclusion. In reality, some consumers are regularly underserved, ignored, or excluded from the marketplaces that they seek, potentially having detrimental impacts on their health and wellness. This research will present an approach to studying disability that deconstructs disability-based exclusion and ability-based inclusion into a matrix of possibilities that can potentially add richness to our theories and reality to our models.

Dr. Charlotte Markey (professor, psychology)
“Romantic Partners, Body Image and Weight Concerns”

This presentation will examine the role of romantic partners in individuals’ body image and weight concerns. Both same-sex and heterosexual couples will be considered as will the role of partners’ weight status. Findings to be discussed contribute to a deeper understanding of the context of health behaviors and outcomes and sociocultural contributors to rising obesity rates.

Dr. Margaret Marsh (University Professor, History)
“Infertility, Assisted Reproduction, and Health Policy: A Long-Range Perspective”

Among developed countries, the United States stands out for its failure to create a national policy on assisted reproduction, leading many observers to call this country the “wild west” of reproductive medicine. Societal conflicts in the United States involving reproductive technology have been so profound and so divisive that the nation, unable to find common ground, has by default agreed to let the market determine access to these services. This presentation examines some of the reasons behind this peculiarly American response to the new reproductive technologies.

Prof. Carol Wallinger (clinical professor, law and nursing)
“Creating a Medical Legal Partnership in Camden”

This project is a partnership between Rutgers Law School, Cooper Medical School at Rowan University (CMSRU), and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. The relationship among law, medicine, and health has long been clear to those providing legal and medical services. However, creating partnerships between legal and medical providers that integrate legal services into the healthcare setting is an idea that institutions began pursuing aggressively only in the past few decades. Even with its relatively late start, the medical legal partnership model has become very popular and its benefits for patients/clients are proven. Given the existing need for legal and medical services in Camden and the collective role of CMRSU, Camden Coalition, and Rutgers Law as anchor institutions in the community, all of which provide hundreds of hours of free or low-cost services to Camden residents, joining our efforts to provide even better care to the people of Camden is well worth pursuing.

Special Guest Speaker
Dr. Dawn Wiest, senior manager of research and evaluation, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

“Camden ARISE: Integrating Cross-Sector Data to Unlock Key Insights into Vulnerable Populations”
The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Provider’s cross-sector integrated data project, Camden ARISE, expands the Coalition’s data-driven efforts to design and implement innovative strategies to improve the quality, capacity and accessibility of the healthcare system. In 2015, the Coalition launched Camden ARISE through the formalization of a partnership with the Camden County Police Department, which allows the integration of arrest and other law enforcement data into the Coalition's existing healthcare data holdings. Analysis of the integrated data has shed light on the utilization history of individuals who cycle repeatedly through hospitals and police booking rooms; highlighted major risk factors within this population; and illustrated different “typologies” of individuals that will require different intervention strategies.