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The Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration

CHAS eNews: July 2017

School of Social Service Administration


Neighborhood Social Status and Health 

Where a person falls within a society's social stratification is directly related to that person's health. This association has been well-proven on a macro level, but few researchers have checked to see whether the pattern continues on smaller scales. Therefore, CHAS Fellow Kate Cagney and colleagues looked at the social positions of older adults within their neighborhoods. Specifically, they examined the income and social reputation of these individuals and ultimately found that higher relative rankings in both of these areas were associated with fewer depressive symptoms. This evidence suggests that the aforementioned association between social position and health remains true on smaller levels of social organization.

Trump, Congress, and a Public Health Crisis?

CHAS Co-Director Colleen Grogan and colleagues review the probable consequences of statements made by President Trump and other Republican leaders should they be translated into policy. Thus far, they explain, Medicaid expansions have been shown to positively correlate with improved health status. The authors indicate an increase in employment rates could potentially avert some of the effects a public health crisis should said expansions be repealed and 22 million people lose coverage, but a reduction in public coverage would still ultimately create new challenges for public health agencies and the communities they serve. 

Suicidality and School-Based Victimization Among Sexual Minority Youth

Research by CHAS Fellow Alida Bouris and colleagues identified specifically what forms of school-based victimization are most closely linked to suicide among sexual minority youth (SMY) and heterosexual youth (HY). SMY were significantly more likely to report suicidal ideation, a suicide plan, and a suicide attempt in the past year. These higher rates of suicidality among SMY were determined to be indirectly related to specifically two forms of school-based victimization: being threatened or injured with a weapon and experiencing harassment related to the student's sexual orientation or gender identity. Skipping school was also identified as a tactic used by SMY to reduce their own suicide risk. 

CHAS Receives New Grant For Paris Conference

CHAS has received new funding from the University of Chicago Center in Paris Faculty Steering Committee to co-host a 2018 conference to focus on public insurance with an international examination. This will be the second collaborative event between SciencesPo-LIEPP and CHAS, the first occurring in the Spring of 2016. More details regarding the upcoming 2018 conference will be published as they become available. 

Congratulations to the 2017 Doctoral Research Award Recipients:

Mary Bunn, MA, LCSW
Ph.D. Student & Adjunct Faculty, School of Social Service Administration; Mental Health Technical Advisor, Heartland Alliance International; Clinical consultant, Cross Cultural Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand
Hannah MacDougall, MSW, LGSW
Doctoral Student, School of Social Service Administration
Yu-An Lin, MSW
Ph.D. Candidate, School of Social Service Administration
Sunggeun “Ethan” Park, MSW
Ph.D. Candidate, School of Social Service Administration
Keunhye Park, MSW
PhD Student, School of Social Service Administration
Tonie Sadler, AM
Ph.D. Student, School of Social Service Administration

CHAS Website is Getting a Remodel

Very soon, the CHAS website will be switching over to a new platform which will provide improved accessibility and interactive features for viewers. Please feel free to reach out to should you run into any difficulties locating content within the new layout. 


The Michael M. Davis Lecture Series will resume for Autumn Quarter on October 3rd. Please refer to the CHAS Davis lectures website for updated schedule.

Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care Annual Meeting
Baltimore, MD
October 11-14, 2017

Addiction Health Services Research
Madison, WI
October 18-20, 2017

NASW-IL Statewide Conference
Wheeling, IL
October 23-25, 2017

Chronic Diseases Annual Symposium
Chicago, IL
October 31, 2017

American Public Health Association
Atlanta, GA
November 4-8, 2017

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
Grand Rapids, MI
November 16-18, 2017

Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health*
Arlington, VA
December 4-6, 2017

Society for Social Work & Research
Washington, DC
January 10-14, 2018

* currently accepting abstracts or proposals
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