The Hidden Health Care System

by Lowell S Levin, Ellen L Idler  

Health care policy traditionally views lay people as health care consumers. This groundbreaking book offers evidence of a new perspective: lay people are the primary providers of health care. The family, organized religion, voluntary associations, neighborhoods, and ethnic and racial groups act as a buffer between the individual and the large institutions of modern society. These small social groups or "mediating structures" comprise the hidden non-professional health care system which is Cost Effective, Integral, and Enduring.

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EDITORIAL REVIEW

The re-publication of this remarkable book could not be more timely. As America considers strategies to follow in health development, The Hidden Health Care System reminds us that achieving and maintaining health calls for strengthening the often unrecognized resource in health care -- non-professional resources that people depend on. These "mediating structures" are complementary to the formal system of medical care. They are a vital component of the healthcare system. A must-read for health professionals and policymakers, this book will change the way US health care is planned and implemented. Nora Ellen Groce, Ph.D., Leonard Cheshire Chair Department of Epidemiology and Public Health University College London --Nora Ellen Groce, Ph.D., Leonard Cheshire Chair Department of Epidemiology and Public Health University College London


ABOUT THE AUTHORS

LOWELL S. LEVIN is Emeritus Professor of Public Health at Yale University. His research and work as a consultant throughout the world have often challenged established public health beliefs and practices. Committed to health promotion, in the 1960s he pioneered the citizen participation movement, focusing on health communication and the social and behavioral factors affecting health (Self-Care: Lay Initiatives in Health, 1976). In the 1970s and early 1980s, with the first publication of The Hidden Health Care System and other works, Professor Levin brought to public health s attention the role of non-professional resources in strengthening personal capacity for health and well being, primarily self-care. In the 1980s, Professor Levin pressed for improvement in the quality of medical care, notably as a co-author of Medicine on Trial (1988). As an advisor for over thirty-five years to the World Health Organization s European Region, as well as to various non-governmental organizations in Europe, Latin America, the British Commonwealth Caribbean and the United States, Professor Levin has worked to develop cross-departmental collaborations, particularly at the national level in European countries, to improve the impact on health of diverse public policies in such areas as agriculture, education, environment, employment, communications and tourism. During his career as a professor, researcher, and advisor, Professor Levin has developed innovative educational programs, including founding the global health division at Yale s School of Public Health, always aiming to enhance the ability of health practitioners and policymakers to effectively work across sectors as public health advocates. Throughout his career, Professor Levin has published extensively, led numerous international seminars, served on editorial boards of many scholarly journals, and spoken to a wide range of audiences emphasizing health in the global context of economic and social development. Clarifying the links between poverty, social inequity, and health, he has increased policy makers awareness of the need to make healthy public policies through intersectoral action designed to optimize the benefits of collaborative health interventions in effective and sustainable ways. Professor Levin lives in New Haven, CT with his wife, Joanna G. Stuart, an anthropologist, and has three daughters, one step-daughter, and five grandchildren. ELLEN L. IDLER, Ph.D. is Director of the Religion and Public Health Collaborative of Emory University and Professor in the Department of Sociology and Rollins School of Public Health. Ellen Idler is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. In her academic career since first publishing The Hidden Health Care System, she earned her Ph.D. in Sociology with training in Epidemiology from Yale University. From 1985 to 2009 she taught at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she also served as Chair of the Department of Sociology and Acting Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences for the School of Arts and Sciences, and was a member of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, where she retains an affiliation. She studies the influence of attitudes, beliefs, and social connections on health, including the effect of self-ratings of health on mortality and disability and the impact of religious participation on health and the timing of death among the elderly. Her current projects include studies of the impact of religion on end-of-life decision-making and quality of life in the last year before death, the effect of marital status on outcomes from cardiac surgery, patterns in physician and patient global ratings of health, and age-related trends in suicide rates. Her research has been supported by funding from the National Institution Aging including a FIRST Award, and the Fetzer Institute.


ELLEN L. IDLER, Ph.D. is Director of the Religion and Public Health Collaborative of Emory University and Professor in the Department of Sociology and Rollins School of Public Health. Ellen Idler is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. In her academic career since first publishing The Hidden Health Care System, she earned her Ph.D. in Sociology with training in Epidemiology from Yale University. From 1985 to 2009 she taught at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she also served as Chair of the Department of Sociology and Acting Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences for the School of Arts and Sciences, and was a member of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, where she retains an affiliation. She studies the influence of attitudes, beliefs, and social connections on health, including the effect of self-ratings of health on mortality and disability and the impact of religious participation on health and the timing of death among the elderly. Her current projects include studies of the impact of religion on end-of-life decision-making and quality of life in the last year before death, the effect of marital status on outcomes from cardiac surgery, patterns in physician and patient

global ratings of health, and age-related trends in suicide rates. Her research has been supported by funding from the National Institute on Aging including a FIRST Award, and the Fetzer Institute. She has published over 50 articles and Cohesiveness and Coherence: Religion and the Health of the Elderly. She is a Highly Cited Researcher, as designated by the Institute for Scientific Information. She has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Sociology, the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Sociological Forum, the Journal of Health and Aging, the Slovenian Journal of Aging, and the Rutgers University Press. She is married to Philip Ayers, who teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. They have two children.


Paperback: 296 pages

Publisher: Golden Apple Publications, LLC (May 14, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0975501836

ISBN-13: 978-0975501832

Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches

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