Health Policy

Heeren presents at APSA conference

Golden Gate Bridge Photograph taken 19 April 2002 by Peter Craig  Photo placed in the public domain by photographer.  View from the Presidio in San Francisco to the northwest, towards the Marin County headlands.

Research Associate Tessa Heeren presented at the American Political Science Association annual meeting, which takes place Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in San Francisco.

Heeren participated in three panels during the conference: “Collective Knowledge and Political Action,” “Coping with an Imperfect Citizenry” and “Society for Romanian Studies.” In the third panel, she presented “Implementing Evidence-Based Policy in Political Climates.”

Heeren's participation and presentations were based on a research project conducted during the summer of 2016 as part of the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research and Training (MHIRT) program at the Cluj School of Public Health in Romania. The study addressed the gap between health policy research and application in the policymaking process. The systematic review collected articles that examined how (if at all) public health research has influenced policy decision-making and implementation in Europe, including the identification of barriers and facilitators in cross-sector collaboration.

Founded in 1903, the American Political Science Association is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 12,000 members in more than 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments, and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe to deepen our understanding of politics, democracy, and citizenship throughout the world. More information is available at