Department of Sociology
University of Cincinnati
1018 Crosley (ML:0378)
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0378
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The Department of Sociology has a long track-record of training undergraduate students for post-college opportunities and graduate students for academic and research careers. Our faculty have national reputations and records of award-winning publications, research grants, and leadership of national and regional sociological associations. The department is a vibrant intellectual space, centered in the multiple research projects of our faculty members and students.
We specialize in the study of social inequality. More specifically, our faculty focus on community and urban sociology, health and medicine, race and ethnicity, and gender. We encourage prospective graduate students interested in these issues to join us! Our urban location and proximity to six major hospitals make UC an ideal place to study urban and health issues, and Sociologists for Women in Society have consistently awarded us their seal of approval for gender scholarship.
The intellectual hub of the department is the Kunz Center for Social Research, an endowed center located within and designated to support the research mission of the department. It provides research funding for faculty and graduate students, and provides an intellectual commons for faculty and students across the university with research interests in urban and race, family and gender, and health issues.
Congratulations to Dr. Danielle Bessett! Her study, "Barriers to Contraceptive Access after Health Care Reform: Experiences of Young Adults in Massachusetts" is the new featured study in Women's Heatlh Issues.
Editor-in-Chief Chloe E. Bird, PhD, writes, "Danielle Bessett, of the University of Cincinnati, and her colleagues conducted eleven focus group discussions across Massachusetts with women and men ages 18-26 in 2009 and found that many were poorly informed about their options for both insurance plans and contraception.
Bessett and her colleagues note that because Massachusetts’ law served as a model for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), young adults nationwide are likely to encounter the same kinds of barriers that Massachusetts study participants reported. These include difficulties in comparing insurance options and knowing about mechanisms for coverage during transitions such as graduations, moving residences, or birthdays. Many participants who were covered by their parents’ insurance plans or a college/university policy raised concerns about their parents learning about sexual and reproductive health services the participants received.
To assure that young adults can access contraception and other services for sexual and reproductive health, the authors call for default disclosure systems that protect young adults’ confidentiality and educational efforts to improve young adults’ awareness of insurance options.
The full text of this article is available for free on the Women’s Health Issues website. Also available for free in the March/April issue is the Commentary “Well-Woman Visits: Guidance and Monitoring Are Key in This Turning Point for Women's Health” by Therese Fitzgerald and colleagues."