Panel discussion led by Swapna Reddy about addressing health inequities through civic engagement

Using Enhanced Civic Engagement within a Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative Model to Promote Health

Panel Discussion

Swapna Reddy, JD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor, School for the Science Care Delivery, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University

Kyle D. Goble, BSHS

Graduate Student Research Assistant, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University

Adrienne White, MS

Lecturer, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University

Pooja Paode

Graduate Student Research Assistant, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University


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Effectively addressing health inequities requires a union of forces including policy makers, academic researchers, and community members. However, systematic barriers including low civic engagement lead to stakeholders working in silos and often to unsustainable improvements. Elected officials representing vulnerable communities are tasked with enacting change on their behalf, often lack resources necessary to develop evidence-based solutions. Alternatively, academic researchers have resources to analyze these problems, yet rarely involve community members and limited by their inability to legislate recommendations. Arizona State University’s School for the Science of Health Care Delivery (ASU-SHCD) has developed a collaborative model designed to engage community members with elected officials and enhance legislative efforts positively and measurable improve health inequities. This ASU-SHCD pilot program in Phoenix, Arizona pairs the Vice Mayor with a predominately Latino and low socioeconomic municipality to address two health inequities: 1) food desert devoid of supermarkets 2) high pediatric asthma caused by pollutants.


Presenter Bio(s):

Professor Reddy is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Arizona State University’s School for the Science of Health Care Delivery. She teaches students in both undergraduate and graduate coursework and also serves as faculty at ASU’s Barrett Honors College. Her research interests focus on how law and policy can be utilized as tools to improve health outcomes, and her health policy research experiences in high need communities with Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, The Children’s Defense Fund in New York, The National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, the University of Texas School of Public Health and Texas Senate reflect her drive to improve health inequities.


Kyle is a graduate student and research assistant with the Arizona State University School for the Science of Health Care Delivery. His research interests include race- and sex-related health disparities and how enhanced participation at all stages of policy development by citizens can lead to decisions that serve the people most affected by disparities.


Adrienne is a lecturer for Arizona State University’s School for the Science of Health Care Delivery, and is also a former graduate of the SHCD Master’s program. She teaches graduate and undergraduate students in leadership and professionalism, global health systems, and US health care systems and design. Her research interests focus on value-based healthcare and top performing healthcare organizations throughout the country, as well as population health management. She has worked in the health and wellness field as a Metabolic Specialist, Personal Trainer, and Nutritionist.


Pooja is a graduate student and research assistant with the Arizona State University School for the Science of Health Care Delivery. She is also a project manager for the SHOW student-run free clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, and is passionate about how we can transition research to policy to impact health disparities.