Daniel Skinner, Ph.D, is Assistant Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. He teaches and has published widely in the areas of the politics of health care reform, political theory, and gender studies. He is currently working on two book projects; the first is a theoretical and historical exploration of the concept of “medical necessity,” and the second traces the ideological origins of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Why Ohio? Understanding the Opioid Crisis
While the opioid crisis has swept across the entire United States, leaving no community untouched, it has hit Ohio particularly hard. But why Ohio, in particular? Drawing on his experience in compiling a collection of more than 50 perspectives from across Ohio, Dr. Daniel Skinner, Assistant Professor of Health Policy at Ohio University explains some of the rarely discussed aspects of the opioid crisis, including its intersections with affluence and poverty, race and sexuality, and particular aspects of Ohio’s culture, such as religion, sports, and its changing economy. Along with Dr. Berkeley Franz, Assistant Professor of Community-based Health at Ohio University, Dr. Skinner is co-editor of the forthcoming Not Far From Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio (Ohio State University Press, 2019), as well as author of numerous publications in political theory, medical humanities, and health policy.
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