Be One UT: Conversations for Change
A virtual gathering for UT faculty, staff and students to address critical issues affecting the university
The Academic Affairs and Student Success spring virtual series will begin on March 9 at 11 a.m. – Noon EST.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
11 a.m. – Noon EST
Social Determinants of Health and the Campus Community
The social determinants of health (SDoH) are responsible for approximately 80% of our health status. While the social determinants of health are often the focus of the health care system and community health workers, they are also important drivers of wellness on campus. This talk will introduce the SDoH, considerations for SDoH on college campuses and host small group discussion to explore how higher education professionals can look and work upstream to support wellness across the campus community.
Charles Snyder is the assistant vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Community Engagement at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. At UTHSC, he serves as the institution’s chief Student Affairs officer and also directs the UTHSC QEP titled Community Engaged Care which focuses on enhancing student learning about the social determinants of health through curricular integration, co-curricular programing and community partnerships to improve the health status of Tennesseans across the state.
In addition to his administrative duties, Snyder is an applied medical anthropologist focusing on three distinct areas that impact public health. He has worked on developing interventions to drug use, addiction and drug-related chronic illness in environments where the use of drugs is deeply embedded within the cultural framework and sense of identity. Snyder also conducts community-based projects that aim to improve patient-provider relationships, patient adherence and the provision of culturally-appropriate health care services. Snyder’s third area of focus is on community response to crisis with particular emphasis on displaced populations as may be found following large-scale natural disasters or military conflict. In addition to his work on college campuses, Dr. Snyder has conducted field projects in East Africa, Haiti, the South Pacific and with Native people in the United States.