Key challenges faced as the field of population health intervention research continues to progress will be the subject of a seminar on Monday, Nov. 29, by an associate professor from Arizona State University (ASU).
Jason Robert, of ASU’s School of Life Sciences and Center for Biology & Society, will deliver a seminar entitled Motivating population health intervention research: Ethics, evidence, and policy action, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in CRL B119.
The seminar will draw on his work in the area of population health intervention research (PHIR) and what ethical considerations drive the demand for such research. PHIR, which aims to improve the effectiveness of interventions to achieve population health outcomes, involves designing, implementing and evaluating practices, programs and policies to address social and community determinants of health. A key aim of the research is to generate evidence to help support policy decisions to alter the distributions of health risks and outcomes.
The presentation by Robert will explore the complex intersection of ethics, evidence and policy, addressing questions such as why researchers engage in population-level health research, what is the morally appropriate response to the description of patterns of population health, what it means to build healthier communities through population health intervention research, and what is the ethical rationale for such efforts.
Robert earned his MA and PhD at McMaster University, training as a philosopher of biology and a bioethicist. He was an assistant professor of philosophy at Dalhousie University before moving to ASU in 2004, where he is now the Lincoln Associate Professor of Ethics in Biotechnology and Medicine, the Franca Oreffice Dean’s Distinguished Professor in the Life Sciences, and director of the Bioethics, Policy, and Law Program.
His areas of expertise include health sciences policy, public health ethics, philosophy of life sciences and bioethics. More recently he has focused on population health interventions, and in particular how to motivate research programs in this field, and the adoption of programs designed to resolve inequities in health.
All are welcome to attend the seminar.