A Foot in Two Worlds

  • 16 Feb 2023
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom (must register to receive log in information)


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Get an early start on President’s Day weekend – and celebrate World Anthropology Day!! Hear from our WAPA President, Dr. Mark Edberg, as he describes his domestic US and global public health work involving research, evaluation, and community-engaged interventions in both private consulting organizations and an academic setting.

Date: Thursday, 16 February 2023 

Location:  Online meeting via Zoom

Time: 7:00 pm

Speaker:  Mark Edberg, PhD, MA, Professor and Center Director, Department of Prevention and Community Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, secondary appointments in the Department of Anthropology and Elliott School of International Affairs

Title: A Foot in Two Worlds

About the talk: 

This talk will review a particular applied and academic trajectory that has involved  a range of work including program evaluation and evaluation planning for federal and global agencies, qualitative and mixed-methods research (e.g., ethnographic, risk behavior research, action research, systems research) on context and risk behavior related to health issues such as HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, youth violence, diabetes, and COVID-19, community-based interventions on those and other health issues, and the development of communications/social change initiatives. Dr. Edberg’s trajectory has straddled the interplay between applied and academic research, and he discusses selected examples of both and some of the issues involved in working “in both worlds.”

About the speaker:

Dr. Edberg is a cultural anthropologist with 30 years’ experience in social and community research, interventions, evaluation, and strategic planning (domestic and global) focusing on health disparities and vulnerable populations. Currently, he is a Principal Investigator for NIH-funded projects addressing COVID-19 and youth violence, both community interventions. He directs two Centers, the Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health (previous funding from the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Prevention and Control), and the global-oriented Center for Social Well-Being and Development (CSWD), the latter with a record of projects for UNICEF in multiple countries and a current contract with the World Food Program. He has also directed or been co-investigator on projects for the Gates Foundation and multiple U.S. agencies, including NIH, CDC, SAMHSA, the U.S. Office of Minority Health, the Administration for Children, Youth and Families, and others. Dr. Edberg was co-chair of the 2014 National Minority Health Disparities Conference (NIMHD), a 2015 Salzburg Seminar Fellow, winner of the 2013 national Praxis award, a Fulbright Senior Specialist awardee, and he is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), and the SfAA Program Director for the 2021 annual meetings. He has authored/edited five books and numerous journal publications. Outside of work, he is a musician, with a current band called the Black Shag Sherpas (www.blackshagsherpas.com).

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