Social Determinants of Health: Service and Policy Implications

On December 14, 2012, special guest, Dr. King Davis, Ph.D., spoke at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus on social determinants of health - conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. These conditions are mostly responsible for health inequities and avoidable differences in health status.

King Davis, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at the University of Texas at Austin, delivered "Social Determinants of Health: Service and Policy Implications" on December 14, at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.

Dr. Davis served as the executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Services, Research, Policy and Education from 2003 to 2009. Since 2000, he has held the Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy in the School of Social Work. He was a professor of Public Mental Health Policy and Planning at the Virginia Commonwealth University from 1984-2000.

As the Galt Scholar, he held full professorships at each of Virginia’s 3 medical schools from 1985-1988. Professor Davis was awarded the Ph.D. from the Florence G. Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 1971.

Dr. Davis is a former Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, serving from 1990 to 1994. At the University of Texas, he teaches courses in mental health policy, planning, and theory. He is conducting a study of the policies that led to the development of the Central Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane, the first mental institution for Africans in the United States.

He is co-author of The Color of Social Policy, published in March, 2004 by CSWE Press. His most recent articles were published in the American Psychologist, Journal of Social Policy, and the International Journal of Social Policy.

Social Determinants of Health- Dr. King Davis  

Social determinants impact the health of our communities and the role that individuals, providers and organizations can play in the prevention, treatment and recovery of people with behavioral health problems. 

Health and Its Complexity- Kim VanPelt, St. Luke's Health Initiatives

Presentation from a panel of community leaders and local experts on the impact of social determinants on services and policy decisions within our community.