Zip Codes, Genetic Codes, and Envisioning an Equitable Culture of Health
Over the last decade, there has been a rapid growth of “population health science” and two associated catchphrases: the plea to build “a culture of health” and variations on the adage “your health depends more on your zip code than your genetic code.” Such catchphrases point to deeper philosophical questions: What sense can we make of the tangled evidence about what is causing health problems among the U.S. population? Ethically, which strategies deserve to be prioritized in addressing those problems? This presentation will explore those questions, in part, by:
Dr. Sean Valles is an associate professor with an appointment at the Michigan State University Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Philosophy. His research explores the ethical and evidentiary questions laying beneath scientific research on the health of human populations: What does it mean to be healthy? How can we make sense of the ways that racism and other social injustices affect health? How can we more justly distribute health benefits and harms in diverse societies? He is author of the 2018 book, Philosophy of Population Health: Philosophy for a New Public Health Era. He also is the director of the MSU Science and Society @ State Program, which supports interdisciplinary faculty collaboration in humanities, arts, and sciences.
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