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Applying Anthropology: How Does Anthropology Help Us Understand the World and How is it Useful?
This is a good time for anthropology. Today’s anthropologists do not just work in exotic locations. They’re making remarkable contributions to human understanding and tackling the world’s most pressing problems. Because of their work, lives are saved through better quality healthcare and medicine, school systems are being improved, environmental resources are managed more effectively, heritage and languages are preserved, products and services we need are better designed, and a culture of innovation is better understood and managed. Whatever their field of choice, anthropologists can change the way we view and interact with our world. I will give a broad overview of applied anthropology and then talk about the specific projects the faculty and graduate students at the University of North Texas are working on to improve people’s lives.
Lisa Henry is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of North Texas. As an applied medical anthropologist, her research interests include globalization and health, indigenous healing systems, biomedicine and healthcare delivery, and anthropology in public health. Her regional specializations are the U.S. and the Pacific Islands. She has led over 25 research projects in 18 years on topics including food insecurity and social capital, physician assistants, access to healthcare, rural health, community health centers, food choice and preference, obesity and globalization, physical activity, vaccinations, West Nile virus, death and dying, smoking, Cryptosporidiosis, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, perceptions of influenza, and indigenous healing. Most notably, she has been collaboratively studying the cultural integration of PAs in American medicine for over a decade and has received two grants in support of this research. She recently completed a collaborative project funded by the North Texas Food Bank, investigating factors that influence food security in North Texas. Currently she is investigating food insecurity among college students. She is the President of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA).
Sabine Hall, Rm. 218
Hosted by: Richland Anthropology Club
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