Addressing the Influence of Medical Populism and Public Health in Davidson County, Tennessee
Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of
Public Health, Department of
BURS Faculty Advisor
Dr. Christian Williams
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown just how important the relationship between political behavior and health communication is, particularly in a crisis. Medical populism is a phenomenon marked by the intersection between anti-elitism, distrust in systems, and distrust in medicine, very particularly public health. Medical populism is decreasing the ability of public health to function due to its multi-faceted influence on public health communication and trust in professionals. This is influenced by the attachment to fear politics and influences power in liberal democracies. As this problem continues to rise, solutions must be addressed to reduce its harm to public health. This program looks to explain the importance of recognizing the influence of medical populism, a plan to approach it on a local level by utilizing health communication and community engagement practices. This plan includes evaluating the effectiveness of such intervention involving community stakeholders in the political, media, medical sectors, and the general population.
Wilder, Jace, "Addressing the Influence of Medical Populism and Public Health in Davidson County, Tennessee" (2021). Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS). 169.