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Values Underlying the Measurement of Health Inequity
March 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Pop Health Monday Seminar Series
Philip M. Farrell Distinguished Alumni Lecture: Yukiko Asada, PhD, “Values Underlying the Measurement of Health Inequity”
A fair distribution of health – health equity – is an important health policy goal endorsed by many jurisdictions. Fundamental to achieving health equity is the ability to measure and regularly report health inequities. Measuring health inequities, however, is complex because it requires considerations of ethics (e.g., defining unfair inequalities), methods (e.g., quantifying health inequities), and policy (e.g., offering policy relevant information). Advances in ethics and methods often take place in technical, specialized disciplines, yet interdisciplinary integration is essential to transform these advances into policy-relevant work. This talk introduces an example of such interdisciplinary integration and discusses three key findings resulting from a decade of exploration:
(1) Different definitions of health inequity, vigorously debated in the literature, are unlikely to yield significant differences in empirical estimates of health inequity;
(2) Whether to consider unexplained inequality as fair or unfair, a largely overlooked question in the literature, likely brings significant empirical differences;
(3) Different measures of health, even capturing similar measurement constructs, can yield significant differences in empirical estimates of health inequity.
Dr. Asada is an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Director in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Event Flyer: March 11, 2019 – Asada (PDF)
Questions may be directed to Rosalind.firstname.lastname@example.org, (608) 265-0516
This event will be live-streamed, but not recorded. Watch the live-stream here: http://live.videos.med.wisc.edu/