February 2, 2017



PhotoCredit:George Mason Univ Center for Social Science Research

This past week I attended AcademyHealth’s National Health Policy Conference in Washington, DC.  Early Tuesday morning, January 31st, the Poster Session room was buzzing with conversations as researchers stood in front of their respective posters highlighting their research to conference attendees.


There I met Arizona State University School for the Science of Health Care Delivery graduate student Ms. Pooja Paode who walked me through the research findings conducted with Professor Swapna Reddy, JD, MPH, Nicolas Semenchuk, Kathleen Pine, PhD and Matthew Speer MS.  Two research posters were on display, Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration to Identify and Reduce Health Disparities and Community-Centered Policy Solutions to Address Limited Food Access: A Multi-Sector Approach.


This research team designed a multi-sector approach that partnered with elected officials and community members in Phoenix District 8 and the Central City South area to ask questions and find answers to address health disparities impacting the lives of people in these neighborhoods.


The area is a predominately Latino municipality with 25% of residents living at or below the federal poverty level (FPL). There is limited supermarket access and public transportation access. Central City South is a heavy industry area impacting health outcomes.


In this HealthCetera segment you hear from research team members and graduate students Pooja Paode and Nicolas Semenchuk discuss their team’s research findings.


This segment airs on HealthCetera on Thursday, February 2 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on WBAI 99.5 FM streamed live at wbai.org.

You can also listen to the interview here on iTunes.