Three members of the CRISMA Center's Program on Critical Care Health Policy & Management presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. The meeting, entitled “Continuity and Change,” was held from March 24 to 28 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh.
Kimberly Rak, a Medical Ethnographer in the Health Policy and Management Program, participated in three panels. She chaired a panel on Tuesday afternoon called “The Arts and Community Development,” and co-presented a paper with Michael Yonas of The Pittsburgh Foundation called, “Visual Voices, an Arts-Based Research Method, to Engage and Learn from Youth.” This presentation explored how the arts may be used to engage youth in research.
Later that afternoon, Rak was joined by Courtney Kuza, Project Manager in the Health Policy and Management Program, and Jeremy Kahn, Associate Professor of Critical Care, Medicine and Health Policy, in presenting “The Role of Availability, Affability, and Ability (the 3As) in Interprofessional Care in an ICU.” The three co-presented with Deena Kelly-Costa from the University of Michigan, Simon Kitto from the University of Toronto, and Scott Reeves from Kingston University and St George’s University, London. The paper, which explained the findings of an examination of interprofessional interactions (IPI) in ICUs, was presented at a panel called, “Dads, Meds…and Dreads: Applied Public Health in Southwestern Pennsylvania.”
Finally, Rak participated on Wednesday afternoon in a roundtable called “Bridging the Gap: Translating Anthropology into Health and Health Services Research.” This roundtable explored the issues surrounding the increasing occurrence of anthropologists transitioning from examining medical systems to becoming employed within those systems.