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RIA # 103: Dr. Kenny Maes on Community Health Workers

Dr. Kenny Maes

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Kenny Maes, an assistant professor and Graduate Program Director for the Anthropology program in the College of Liberal Arts, and the School of Language, Culture and Society and an adjunct faculty member in Humanitarian Engineering, Global Health, and Public Policy at Oregon State University. Prior to joining OSU, Kenny was a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University’s Population Studies & Training Center, an interdisciplinary demography center specializing in the study of population, health and development. As a biocultural medical anthropologist, he teaches courses on human health that explore the links between what goes on inside human bodies and what happens outside, with a focus on social inequalities, and political and economic determinants of health. Kenny’s research focuses on community health workers: women and men who engage in healthcare, community organizing, and advocacy at the community level, both inside and outside of clinics and hospitals. Since 2006, his research has focused on health and healthcare in Ethiopia. Since coming to OSU in 2012, Kenny has begun to work with colleagues in Oregon to understand the experiences of community health workers in our home state. In his free time, he surfs.

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Show Notes

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Segment 1: Biocultural Medical Anthropology [00:00-14:45]

In this first segment, Kenny describes the work of being a biocultural medical anthropologist.

Segment 2: Community Health Workers [14:46-32:46]

In segment two, Kenny discusses his research on community health workers.

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-6:38]: Strategies for Building Trust as a Researcher

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