Social Policy is Health Policy: The Health Implications of Policies Outside the Silo of Health Care

In 2008, the United States suffered its worst financial crisis in history, and the rest of the world was impacted by a recession. The fiscal uncertainty, combined with a resurgent ideology toward limited government, has led to the U.S. Congress looking to cut federal poverty assistance programs such as the State Children"s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. At this event, Steven Woolf, M.D., M.P.H., of Virginia Commonwealth University makes the case that such cuts are short-sighted and will have a direct and negative impact on public health, as well as on health care costs. Following Woolf"s address, panelists Mark D. Hayward, Ph.D., of The University of Texas at Austin and Vivian Ho, Ph.D., of the Baker Institute will discuss the social and economic determinants of health, as well as how a variety of social policies related to housing, education, employment and child care are directly linked to health in America.

Speaker Vivian Ho
Vivian Ho, Ph.D., is the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, a professor in the Department of Economics at Rice University and a professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Ho’s research examines the effects of economic incentives and regulations on the quality ...

Vivian Ho, Ph.D., is the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, a professor in the Department of Economics at Rice University and a professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Ho’s research examines the effects of economic incentives and regulations on the quality and costs of health care. Her research is widely published in economics, medical and health services research journals. Ho’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the American Cancer Society.


Ho has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Statistics, as well as on the NIH Health Services, Outcomes and Delivery study section. She is also a founding board member of the American Society for Health Economists. Ho received her A.B. in economics from Harvard University, a graduate diploma in economics from The Australian National University and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.



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Thu, Feb. 2, 2012
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago

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