"Sociology and the Public's Health"

Public health connects us all…

healthy communities – involuntary immigration/migration (national and global)  gun violence  obesity – diabetes – chronic disease & infectious diseases – environmental health – health inequities/inequities - prescription abuse – social justice and more…

We sociologists discuss and debate public sociology and sociology’s publics, and rightly so.  But seldom do we engage in organized, public sociological discussions and debates about the public’s health.  Hence, the 2018 MSS program theme Sociology and the Public’s Health.”

Public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations – as small as a local neighborhood, as big as an entire country or region of the world.

Public health? What is it? Who’s responsible? Take a listen.  http://apha.org/what-is-public-health

Public health links seamlessly with many of sociology’s professional conceptual roots – race, ethnicity, gender, political economy, global development, education, family, and more. One of public health’s primary functions – social justice – fits hand-in-glove with sociology.  Public health is broad enough that a person would be hard pressed not to find a topic that captures what you do as a sociologist – in your research, teaching, community engagement. 




We are pleased to announce that this year’s program theme will give special attention to a public health issue we, as sociologists and citizens, increasingly cannot and should not ignore – global and national immigration/migration.  Headlines daily remind us this is not ‘their’ problem, it is ‘our’ problem!  


We invite those of you who conduct research about immigration and immigrants, those who engage with immigrants and immigration in your sociological practice and teaching to bring your knowledge, wisdom and skills to the MSS community.  A keynote plenary will feature a national and/or international immigration specialist; we also plan to distribute throughout the conference special sessions bringing together authors, public health activists and MSS attendees to engage in thinking about and through immigration and migration issues.  Also in the works is a “film review salon” devoted specifically to films and discussion related to immigrants and immigration.