Professor explores stigmas attached to chronic illnesses
April 19, 2021
April 19, 2021
His research on the stigmas attached to chronic illnesses, their impact on a patient's mental health and the overall connection to patients' health literacy provides a perfect example.
"We look at how certain variables work together to create an experience for an individual," Parkhouse said.
Parkhouse, a medical sociologist, teaches many health-based courses, including Sociology of Mental Health and the Sociology of Health and Illness. He familiarizes his students with the many social determinates of health, including income level, education, gender, race, food security, access to housing and workplace safety.
"Students should know the social model of health and what it means," he said. "When people are focused on just one aspect, they miss the bigger picture."
Parkhouse doesn't believe that students need a sociology background to see or contribute to that picture. In fact, he relies on the perspectives of students from a wide array of disciplines to diversify and enrich classroom discussions.
"I'm often learning as much from them as they are from me," Parkhouse noted.
Whatever industry they may work in and wherever their lives lead them, Parkhouse wants his students to understand how their social environments and socioeconomic positions have shaped their perspectives, experiences and health outcomes.
"When they start to see that, it's a powerful thing," Parkhouse said.
When Director of Community Service Vincent Contrucci was approached to become Quinnipiac’s inaugural LGBTQ+ Fellow in 2020, the trajectory of the role was largely undefined. Regardless, Contrucci immediately recognized the breadth of change the position could facilitate.Read More
Shelley Crick works for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) in a role that has expanded so much so that she has outgrown the antiquated title of electronic desktop publisher.Read More
Professor Jill Martin has created a sense of community at Quinnipiac that generations of Bobcats look back on with a smile, a strong feeling of community and a full belly.Read More
The Quinnipiac community came together on Tuesday, October 12, for a timely discussion on the escalating humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border with the arrival of tens of thousands of Haitian migrants.Read More
Students and faculty came together on Bobcat Way Lawn today to immerse in fun activities that promoted mental well-being.Read More
Quinnipiac Today is your source for what's happening throughout #BobcatNation. Sign up for our weekly email newsletter to be among the first to know about news, events and members of our Bobcat family who are making a positive difference in our world.Sign Up Now