UW Health: UW faculty share awards for best health and society research

For Release: CONTACT: Susan Lampert Smith
April 5, 2013 (608) 890-5643
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Madison, Wis. — The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to announce that the prize for the Best Research in Health & Society at UW-Madison in 2012 is being shared by three co-awardees:

Dr. Christina Ewig, associate professor of gender and women’s studies, for “Inequality and the Politics of Social Policy Implementation: Gender, Age and Chile’s 2004 Health Reforms,” published in World Development.

Dr. Jenny Higgins, assistant professor of gender and women’s studies, for “Pregnancy Ambivalence and Contraceptive Use Among Young Adults in the United States,” published in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Dr. Bobbi Wolfe, professor of population health sciences, for “The Income and Health Effects of Tribal Casino Gaming on American Indians,” published in Demography.

This award honors scholarship published by faculty or academic staff during calendar year 2012 that addresses aspects of population health or health and society. This can include addressing the multiple determinants of health — biological, medical, behavioral, social, economic and environmental — and their important interactions over the life course; examining the measurement, distribution, or experiences of health; or evaluating interventions at individual, community, or policy levels for their impact on population health outcomes.

“We were so impressed with the quality of the nominations,” says Dr. John Mullahy, professor of population health sciences and a co-direct of the Health & Society Scholars program. “The fact that we had three winning papers shows that scholarship on health and society topics at UW-Madison is vibrant across the campus.”