The Public Policy and Conflict Program focuses on how policy impacts people at the grassroots level, and advocates for change in circumstances with multiple stakeholders. Focused primarily on participatory and community-based research and advocacy, this program seeks to serve people struggling to be heard and communities seeking to overcome conflict.
The program focuses on a number of issues that can cause conflict among groups and lead to policy that is ineffective or unjust, including:
The Pagan Health Survey is designed to help the health care community understand the beliefs, practices, choices, and needs of Pagans and Heathens as they relate to health and wellness. The project crystallized in response to a call for papers on the topic by the American Public Health Association and desire within the Pagan community to be heard by public health policy-makers and health care practitioners.
Methodology includes a survey, interviews with focus groups of Pagan clergy and health care practitioners, and participant observation.
The results of this project were presented at the American Public Health Association conference in Denver, Colorado in fall of 2010 and the Pagan Studies Conference in Claremont, California in January 2011. Further research and publications are currently in process.
Program Manager: Kimberly Hedrick, PhD