Eduardo J. Gomez leads The Lancet’s first series on political science and health

The lancet, one of the world’s oldest peer-reviewed medical journals, “is perhaps the most prestigious global medical journal in the world,” Gomez said. “So this is a historic moment because The lancet he has never done a series on politics and health, and I think that will be very important to draw attention to the importance of political science, but also of interdisciplinary research in global health. ”

Gomez, who is also the director of Institute for Health Policy and Policy (IHPP) in Lehigh, looked for ways in which political scientists could be more fully involved in the global health conversation.

I realized that we really have a lot to say in the field of political science and we really had to find a platform where we could share our views with the medical community and the public health community – people who may not know what political science is. offered, “Gomez said. “When people think about political science, they think about elections and the study of elections and democracy. Of course, this is the canon of our discipline, but we work a lot on healthcare, education, [the] environment. “It’s good that we finally had this opportunity to share what political science has to offer.”

Jeremy Schiffman, a respected professor of global health policy at Bloomberg University at Johns Hopkins and co-author of the series: “There are many political scientists around the world who do excellent research on global health, but their work does not reach the center of global health. health debates as often as they should. We hope that this series will increase the popularity of their work. ”

Just before arriving in Lehigh in early 2020, Gomez turned to Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The lancet, with the idea of ​​political science and health series. Horton explained in a podcast included The lancet website dedicated to the series on how his work with Schiffman in the past “opens my eyes to the power of political thinking in the context of global health”.

He continued: “I really hope that this series can open the door to more articles that have a political scientific perspective and really try to build bridges between the global health community, which is rooted in the history of epidemiology and public health research. with a very different scientific discipline and see what can come from this fertilization. “

The series, made possible by financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation, includes three articles and two commentaries. Gomez is the co-author of one of the comments “Political Science and Global Health Policy”, Along with Schiffman, Prerna Singh of Brown University and Lorena Barberia of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Political Science and Health Series demonstrates how valuable the political science lens can be for understanding health issues, from why some health issues are becoming international priorities while others are failing to gain popularity, to universal health coverage policy. This series is the beginning of a much bigger conversation, “said Jesse Bagenal, MD, senior medical editor of The lancet.

Gomez said: “[Political scientists] offer theories and methods that provide alternative insights into health policy. This is our job. We study politics from a very complex theoretical and methodological point of view, and this is very different from saying that politics matters … The aim of the series is to really expose the medical and public health community worldwide to why politics and political science are important why our theories and methods are important. ”

Gomez’s research focuses on global health policy with a focus on emerging middle-income countries. In his forthcoming book, Unhealthy food policy, he critically examines the trade determinants of health and “how relationships between governments and industries such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestle shape policies to the detriment of the worst children in developing countries”. In addition to The lancethis work has been published in journals Social sciences and medicine, Health policy and planning, Global public healthon Journal of Urban Health and on Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practiceby the way.

Gomez highlighted the work of his colleagues at Lehigh’s College of Health and the work of the college more broadly.

“Here at the College of Health, we are developing a really strong area in health policy and policy and on the many determinants of health,” he said. “We are a very unique college in the sense that we have strengths that many other institutions do not have … It is very open to disciplinary perspectives and has a home where people can do different jobs.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of a broad perspective on health, Gomez said. “We need this kind of interdisciplinary approach, and political science is part of the puzzle of our in-depth understanding of global and internal health.” [The College of Health is] doing research on these different points of view. This Lancet the series is really great for our university, showing that we have global influence. “

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