Online Program

Trade Liberalization and Health: Evidence and Future Directions

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Courtney McNamara, PhD, Department of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
The health impacts of trade liberalization have begun to receive more attention in contemporary public health scholarship. This session will present results from a systematic literature review of conceptual frameworks which explicate the relationship between trade liberalization and health. By reviewing a range of frameworks which illustrate the trade liberalization and health relationship, this presentation aims to facilitate consensus on what the relevant pathways are, highlight gaps in the literature, and direct priorities for future research. This presentation will contextualize trade liberalization within underlying processes of globalization and critically discuss the major contexts through which it impacts health. Findings indicate that research has thus far relied on overly vague conceptualizations of trade liberalization and explored a limited range of pathways.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss how trade can interact with countries' social policies to influence health inequalities.

Keyword(s): Health Disparities/Inequities, Public Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a postdoctoral fellow and undertake research on how trade processes impact health.
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.