202275 Responding to neoliberalism: A report card on our public health research agenda

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 11:30 AM

Shelley K. White, MPH , Sociology Department, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Since neoliberalism was first embraced by the Reagan Administration, the social sciences have examined and advocated around the effects of its doctrine of free trade, deregulation, and privatization. How has the public health profession responded? This paper presents a study of the public health profession's research agenda over the broad historical period in which neoliberalism infused United States federal policy. Using content analysis of top public health journals (by impact) over decades, this historical analysis examines what questions have been addressed by our public health research agenda related to trade, deregulation, privatization and related topics, and what gaps remain. This presentation summarizes important findings to date and suggests a more proactive future agenda for public health researchers.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the major topics and issues related to neoliberalism covered by the public health professionís research agenda to date. Identify critical gaps in the public health professionís research agenda related to neoliberalism.

Keywords: Public Health Advocacy, Research Agenda

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have an MPH degree and am currently working toward my PhD at Boston College. I have completed this original research project as sole researcher and author toward the completion of my dissertation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.