An intersection that really interests me within the anthropological field is Public Health. Intersections play a big part of my education, as an Interdisciplinary Studies major with a background in Political Science, I am really interested in the multi-faceted approaches to Public Health. Specifically, Public Health is interesting because of societal ambitions in trying to eradicate much of the diseases and injuries that are prevalent within communities. As someone who is hoping to go to graduate school for Public Health, I am hoping that I can work with the government agencies in pushing for Public Health policy, whether it be for car safety measures or more sanitary approaches in different work fields. As the article “Anthropologists and the Public Health Agenda” states, “importantly, the behavioral and social sciences generally have had a notable impact on the public health agenda and programs in the US”, pointing to outbreak of HIV and the behavioral interventions that have helped to contain the disease.
In the context of working with someone outside of the anthropology profession, be it the Government or an NGO in my case, having a basis of anthropology in the Public Health profession is very beneficial to perceive different approaches to health that are optimal for different communities. Analyzing how to approach a community through an ethnomedical perspective can help to break the tension that may arise from people who have different medical beliefs. For example, as seen in a previous week’s subject, working with Native Americans to improve their health is not just as simple as diagnosing them with medicine. There are belief structures and outside influences that can create obstacles for subjecting people to the right health care. As well, this Native American community may act differently to health care than the Downtown Detroit community or the Chinese Community in the West. Extra considerations and research is added when using an anthropological lens.