October 1, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Sociology & Anthropology Colloquium | Community Expectations, Population Health, and Hospitals’ Organizational Identities, Oct. 25

Cory Cronin, portrait

Dr. Cory Cronin

The Sociology & Anthropology Colloquium Series presents Dr. Cory Cronin on “Community Expectations, Population Health, and Hospitals’ Organizational Identities” on Friday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. in Bentley Annex 102.

Cronin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Public Health at Ohio University. He has expertise in health care delivery and health care policy, and his research largely focuses on using quantitative data and administrative records to explore population health issues. He has particular interest in how health care organizations, policy, and environment promote or detract from health and health care access. In addition to teaching in Ohio University’s health services administration program, Cronin is active in initiatives to increase health care access throughout Southeast Ohio.

Cronin received his Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from Case Western Reserve University in 2015.

Abstract: The majority of hospitals in the United States are non-profit, and in exchange for tax benefits, there is an expectation that these hospitals will contribute to population health efforts. This talk will explore how hospitals interpret these obligations and make decisions surrounding these efforts. One focus of this talk will be a recent study that examined the relationship between a hospital’s staffing priorities, the characteristics of the hospital organization itself, and the community it resides in. In this analysis, we found that different types of hospitals were more likely to identify different types of roles as more important, whether clinical, social, behavioral, or data-oriented. These findings fit within a broader context of research on hospital-community relationships and organizational identities.


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