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Program Information

Challenges, Choices and Context: Health Behaviors in Eastern Europe and Eurasia

March 23-24, 2007
The University of Texas at Austin

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1:00- 1:20

Opening:   Framing the Questions: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Models, Measures and Meanings of Health

Cynthia Buckley, Sociology, University of Texas, Austin
Michele Rivkin-Fish, Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Session One: Struggles and Strategies for Health

How do people stay/become healthy within social systems that make them vulnerable?

Erin Koch, Middlebury College
Tuberculosis as Survival? Shifting Meanings and Strategies for Wellness in post-Soviet Georgia
Sarah Phillips, University of Indiana
“Survivor” in Ukraine: Living Disability in a Post-Soviet State
Adriana Baban, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania &
Irina Todorova, Health Psychology Research Center, Bulgaria
Reframing Women’s Choice and Responsibility for Disease Prevention: Reflections on the
Embodied Experiences of Cervical Screening in Romania and Bulgaria


Session Two: Perceptions of Risk Behaviors and Health Threats

How are risk behaviors and health threats perceived? Regionally? Nationally? Individually?
How do social institutions organize responses to perceived risk, and in turn shape the
possibilities of  individual actions?

Elena Zdravomyslova and Anna Temkina European University, Saint Petersburg
The “Trust Problem” in Research on Transformation of the Reproductive Healthcare in Russia
Khatuna Doliashvili,  University of Texas, Austin
Exploring HIV risk perception among women in Georgia: context of knowledge, behavior and misconception
Kevin Irwin, Yale University
Imprisonment and the Structural Production of HIV Risk for Injection Drug Users in the Russian Federation
Jill Owczarzak, University of Kentucky
Defining HIV Vulnerability, Determining Responsibility, and Designing Prevention: Lessons
from the Polish case

3:15- 3:50

Session Three: Conceptualizing Vulnerabilities through Social Differentiation

What groups are at unique risk?
How important are issues of social differentiation for health status and opportunities?
What are the group classifications that matter?

Mark Sorensen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Biocultural Approaches to the Study of Health in the Post-Socialist Russia: Economic Status, Stress and Perceived Health in Yakutia
Julie Brown, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Socio-economic Status and Health Disparities in St. Petersburg, Russia


Session Four:   Health Agency and Controlling Well-being

What do we mean by “health agency”? How do we approach controlling well-being?
Margaret Paxson, Kennan Institute for the Advanced Study of Russia, Washington
Kuda Obratit’sia: Turning Towards Healing Powers in Rural Russia
Jennifer Barrett, University of Texas, Austin
As Many as Allah Gives: Religion, Health, and Family Planning Decisions in Uzbekistan
Sergei Zakharov, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
“Generation and Gender Programme (GGP/GGS): An Opportunity for Better Understanding of Contemporary Russian Family”
Ted Gerber, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Russian Doctors and HIV/AIDS: Results of a Survey

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