The use of historical methods to study social change in population health intervention research

Date: November 14, 2013
Times: 13h00 to 14h15 Eastern Time (Montréal)
Presenter: Kelsey Lucyk
Abstract: Social changes have implications for health, from nation-wide events such as war or public policy, to community-level incidents such as factory closure or municipal elections. When considering how such transformations affect the health of populations, distinct periods of social change can act as population health interventions. Historical methodology is one approach that allows for the exploration of the relationship between social change and health over time. Historical methods seek in-depth understanding of social phenomena by analyzing archival materials to reconstruct the past. This presentation will draw on my MSc thesis research, which examines how population mental health has been influenced by economic changes, in a resource-based community that has experienced many such changes. In the community of Kitimat, British Columbia, fluctuations in primary industries have caused residents to renegotiate their ways of living, which included understandings of mental health in this population. This presentation will show the relationship between economic change and aspects of mental health at the community level in Kitimat, since its 1953 incorporation. This webinar is intended as a presentation of the findings from my MSc in Community Health Sciences, scheduled for completion in July 2013.
1. To show that social change can act as a population health intervention.
2. To demonstrate the use of historical methodology in population health intervention research.
3. To exemplify how historical methodology can be used to provide a rich understanding of social change as population health intervention.
In what ways does social change lend itself to population health intervention research?
What role does history play in population health intervention research?