Date & time

Oct 7, 2015, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT


Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
735 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

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About the event:

In Beyond Obamacare, House shows that health care reforms, including the Affordable Care Act, cannot resolve this crisis because they do not focus on the underlying causes for the nation’s poor health outcomes, which are largely social, economic, environmental, psychological, and behavioral. House calls for a complete reorientation of how we think about health.

Jim House will present the main points of his book. Helen Levy from the Institute for Social Research will respond with a health economy perspective, and Richard Lichtenstein, the S. J. Axelrod Collegiate Professor of Health Management and Policy from SPH will offer a community health perspective. The Ford School's Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement Paula Lantz will moderate.

For more information on Beyond Obamacare, visit the publisher's website.


From the author's bio:

James S. House is the Angus Campbell Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Survey Research, Public Policy and Sociology. His primary appointment is in the Survey Research Center, the Institute for Social Research, with a joint retention appointment in Sociology in addition to his primary academic appointment in Public Policy. His research has focused on the role of social and psychological factors in the etiology and course of health and illness, including the role of psychosocial factors in understanding and alleviating social disparities in health and the way health changes with age. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences.

At the Ford School he teaches courses in socioeconomic policy and health policy. In the last decade, Jim co-edited Making Americans Healthier: Social and Economic Policy as Health Policy (2008, with Bob Schoeni of the Ford School and others) and A Telescope on Society: Survey Research & Social Science at the University of Michigan and Beyond (2004, with others). He received his BA in History from Haverford college, his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan, and taught at Duke University before joining University of Michigan faculty in 1978 and the Ford School in January 2008.


This event is made possible through the generous support of the Gilbert S. Omenn and Martha A. Darling Health Policy Fund.