Dr. Shaw is a medical anthropologist who uses ethnographic, qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the lived experience of chronic disease as it is shaped by social, cultural and structural factors. Her current R01 study aims to expand the concept of health literacy to better account for the resources and challenges that shape patients' ability to manage their health. Conducted in collaboration with a Massachusetts community health center, this project looks at how people with low health literacy cope with increasing costs and changes in their medication coverage. Shaw's book, Governing How We Care: Contesting Community and Defining Difference in U.S. Public Health Programs (Temple University Press, 2012), analyzes local struggles over community health as a window onto governance, citizenship, and identity.
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