Season 1, Episode 6: Powering a more equitable future through information
How can researchers partner with community and government organizations to gain visibility into the social needs of our communities?
In Episode 6, we hear from Joan Eichner, director, operations and evaluation, UPMC Center for Social Impact in Pittsburgh. Her work supports the development of comprehensive strategies across UPMC that address social needs of members and the community in order to improve health outcomes.
Host Ellen Beckjord also talks with Erin Dalton, the soon-to-become director of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. She currently serves as deputy director, overseeing research and evaluation, evidence-based planning to help inform programs. The agency offers programs and services meeting basic needs and supporting safe environments for the most vulnerable, such as children.
Good Health, Better World is an original podcast series focused on social determinants of health, presented by UPMC Health Plan.
Ellen is a behavioral scientist and clinical psychologist who trained at the University of Vermont, where she worked with cancer survivors and their families. She currently serves as the associate vice president of population health and clinical affairs for UPMC Health Plan Her work is focused on the use of digital tools from the clinical side to promote health, wellness, and health behavior change.
She completed post-doctoral research at the National Cancer Institute in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. She spent nearly five years in academic medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and Hillman Cancer Center.
A native of the Pittsburgh area, Ellen also is the co-author of “Porchtraits” in which she interviewed people on their front porch, amid the pandemic.
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