Daniel Skinner

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Daniel Skinner is a political scientist and health policy researcher who is currently Associate Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, on the Dublin, Ohio campus. He earned his Ph.D in political science from the City University of New York. Dan teaches, researches, and is active in health politics and policy, especially in areas of health care access, health care reform, and access to health care services for vulnerable and underserved populations. Skinner is co-editor of Not Far from Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio, a collection of more than 50 first-person accounts by Ohioans that address the opioid crisis in our state, an issue about which Skinner has spoken to numerous audiences and in the media. Skinner is also the author of Medical Necessity: Health Care Access and the Politics of Decision Making (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming 2019) and more than two dozen peer-reviewed academic articles in health policy, medical education, and political theory. He is currently working on a co-authored book (with Berkeley Franz and Jonathan Wynn) on hospital-community relations for the University of Chicago Press.

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.


Daniel Skinner

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