Daniel Skinner is a political scientist who is currently Associate Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, on the Dublin, Ohio campus. He earned his Ph.D in political science from the City University of New York. Dan teaches, researches, and is active in health politics and policy, especially in areas of health care access, health care reform, and the historical and rhetorical underpinnings of how we think about policy. In addition to serving as co-editor of Not Far from Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio, Dan is the author of Medical Necessity: Health Care Access and the Politics of Decision Making (University of Minnesota Press, 2019) and more than two dozen peer-reviewed academic articles in health policy, medical education, and political theory. He is currently working on a co-authored book (with Berkeley Franz and Jonathan Wynn) on hospital-community relations for the University of Chicago Press.
Dan is co-director of the Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship, director of Ohio University’s Comparative Health Systems--Cuba program, and host of Prognosis Ohio, a bi-weekly podcast affiliated with Columbus-based NPR-affiliate WCBE, and which addresses a wide range of health care policy and politics issues in Ohio. Follow him on Twitter at @danielrskinner.
Berkeley Franz is a medical sociologist whose research and teaching focus on health disparities, hospital-community relationships, and health policy. She is currently Assistant Professor of Community-based Health at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Athens, Ohio. Berkeley holds a Heritage Endowed Career Development Faculty Fellowship in Population Health Science, Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Ralph S. Licklider, D.O., Research Endowment. She additionally holds adjunct appointments in the Departments of Classics and World Religions and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio University. She received an M.A. in religious studies from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Miami. Berkeley has worked both domestically and internationally on community-based research projects and has published extensively in peer reviewed scholarly journals and books on the theory and development of community-based partnerships. In addition to serving as co-editor of Not Far from Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio, Berkeley’s co-authored book, Narrative Medicine and Community-based Health Care and Planning was published by Springer in 2017. Berkeley is currently working on a co-authored book (with Dan Skinner and Jonathan Wynn) on hospital-community relations for the University of Chicago Press.