News: Health and Aging
My most rewarding experience has been getting to know the community. My classmates have unique life experiences they bring to the classroom, which make discussions engaging.
What do broadband access, green spaces, and stable housing have in common? They all influence a person’s health. Together, they have a greater impact on health than medical care or health behaviors such as going to the gym. The La Follette School convened legislators and staff to discuss how these social, economic, and physical environment factors—often called social determinants of health—affect Wisconsin families’ health.
I chose to be in an interdisciplinary unit because I am interested in research that has the potential to change policy and thereby change outcomes. For me, this means asking research questions that matter to policymakers and communities. It also means collaborating with researchers in other disciplines and learning from one another to best answer the questions that matter to our state and our nation.
To me, the idea of studying policy is more than theoretical knowledge. It’s learning how to make good decisions that help people. Everything I’ve learned, from policy options for increasing access to school lunches to the importance of environmental justice, is something that I’ll take out of class and apply to real-world situations.
Children in families characterized as minorities, those without health insurance, or those with low socioeconomic status experience less upward health mobility and greater downward health mobility relative to their more advantaged peers, according to research by La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher and Katie Jajtner, a postdoctoral associate at UW–Madison’s Center for Demography of Health and Aging.
With generous support from Herb Kohl Philanthropies, the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is pleased to announce its inaugural La Follette Forum. The first conference will focus on health policy.
On October 31, a diverse group of state lawmakers, legislative staff members, legislative service agency analysts, and staff from the Governor’s office attended the fifth Office Hours at the Capitol – presented by the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars and the La Follette School.
The Fall 2019 issue of On Wisconsin magazine featured a study by La Follette School Associate Professor Yang Wang (MIPA ’03) and a colleague at Lehigh University. The study found that pregnant women who travel long distances to work face increased risks of adverse birth outcomes.