Social Determinants of Health


the pervasiveness of homelessness is one of the centerpieces of impact on daily life for families, students, and our underserved populations April, 2019

The fellows and faculty invited three guest speakers on the front lines of homelessness to discuss the various forms it can take, what it means for health, and who is impacted across demographics. Keith Lanser, MA, who is the Manager of Service Learning & Civic Engagement at Mt. St. Joseph University, joined to provide his perspective on housing stability and the college student population. Peg Dierkers from the Bethany House regaled the trends in homelessness regionally, and the variability in experiences and stories that the data can’t always tell. Joe Kiesler, MD also shared how healthcare is being delivered to the population experiencing homelessness in the Cincinnati area.

an exploration of how food insecurity manifests in schools and how a community brought a grocery store to their neighborhood february, 2019

This month’s discussion featured Eric Zacarias, Food Marketing Manager for Cincinnati Public Schools and Mark Irey, a community member who drew from his background in finance to assist in the opening of a food co-op grocery store in what had become a food desert. The group found concerning trends in regular, reliable access to food. However, many innovations in healthy eating programming are becoming integrated into schools where nutrition may have not been previously prioritized. Also, when faced with few options offered by larger corporate conglomerates, many communities have taken matters into their own hands, as discussed in the model a Cincinnati neighborhood utilized to bring a full service grocery store back

Panel discusses the power and prevalence of incarceration from schools to prison health care December, 2018

This Learning Forum month featured a riveting discussion regarding the prison system in the United States. The group focused conversations on how schools can create pipelines to incarceration, what health care looks like for someone who is incarcerated, and what life might look like after being released from prison. The panel included David Singleton, JD, Director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, which provides free legal services for those released and looking to overcome barriers created with having a criminal record and those currently incarcerated and face denials of basic human rights. David Karol, MD MA from the University of Cincinnati Departments of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience and Internal Medicine offers his insights from experiences as a prison health care provider. Kate Doyle, PhD BCBA-D, Director of the Graduate Special Education Program at Mt. St. Joseph University, regales how the way mental health in primary and secondary schools is currently addressed with often limited resources may impact the direction of students toward greater risk rather than appropriate care. Please note, this discussion contains material that may be sensitive and not suitable for some audiences.