Anthropology in Action Speaker to Discuss Anthropology in Biomedicine and Community Health

Posted on 10/8/2019 3:41:44 PM

On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, Sarah Morrow, a medical anthropologist and UPMC pediatric clinical coordinator, will give a talk titled “Embedding Anthropology in Community Health and Biomedical Programming: Stories from the Field.” The talk is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, room B10.

Anthropology has long had a vested interest in the relationship between the individual, culture, and health. Where and how do we, as anthropologists, productively address health outcomes in underserved populations? How do we develop rapport with our stakeholders in order to design and implement new models of comprehensive care within biomedicine? Specifically, what is the role of an anthropologist in the incorporation of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) into clinical pathways, an area long valued in the social sciences, but only now gaining institutionalized traction within biomedical practice?

Drawing on experiences with nonprofits, hospitals, and an insurance company, this talk will look at how an anthropologist addresses the intersections of inequality, well-being, and health in biomedical settings.

Sarah Elizabeth Morrow (IUP ’10) is a practicing anthropologist. Her work has focused on addressing differential health outcomes in biomedical settings through an anthropological, social justice lens. Previously, she coordinated hospital-based research on the topics of healthy masculinity, intimate partner violence, disability activism, and food security.

This year, the Anthropology in Action Speaker Series will cover topics that include community health and clinical pediatrics, user studies and the tech industry, and reproductive health in the LGBTQ+ community.

Department of Anthropology