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Jody Heymann

Dean Jody Heymann
Dean
Contact Information
Phone: 
310.825.6381
Fax: 
310.825.8440

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Dean's Office
650 Charles E. Young Dr. S
16-035 Center for Health Sciences
Los Angeles, CA 90095-177265

Areas of Interest: 

Bridging the gap between research and policymakers by translating research into policies and programs that improve individual and population health.

Dr. Jody Heymann, an internationally renowned researcher on health and social policy, became Dean of the Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health in January, 2013.

Prior to coming to UCLA, Dr. Heymann held a Canadian Chair in Global Health and Social Policy at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and was the Founding Director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy, the Project on Global Working Families and the World Policy Analysis Center (WPAC). WPAC has relocated to UCLA.

Dr. Heymann established and will continue to lead the first global initiative to examine health and social policy in all 193 UN nations. This initiative provides an in-depth look at how health and social policies affect the ability of individuals, families and communities to meet their health needs across the economic and social spectrum worldwide. In addition to carrying out award-winning global social policy research, Heymann carried out some of the original studies on the risk of HIV transmission via breast milk to infants in Africa, the impact of HIV/AIDS on tuberculosis rates in Africa, and how labor conditions impact the health and welfare of families globally. 

She has authored and edited more than 200 publications, including 15 books. These include Changing Children’s Chances (Harvard University Press, 2013), Making Equal Rights Real (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Lessons in Educational Equality (Oxford University Press, 2012), Protecting Childhood in the AIDS Pandemic (Oxford University Press, 2012), Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder (Harvard Business Press, 2010), Raising the Global Floor (Stanford University Press, 2009), Trade and Health (McGill Queens University Press, 2007), Forgotten Families (Oxford University Press, 2006), Healthier Societies (Oxford University Press, 2006), Unfinished Work (New Press, 2005), Global Inequalities at Work (Oxford University Press, 2003), and The Widening Gap (Basic Books, 2000).

Deeply committed to translating research into policies and programs that improve individual and population health, Dr. Heymann has worked with government leaders in North America, Europe, Africa and Latin America as well as a wide range of intergovernmental organizations including the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization, the World Economic Forum, UNICEF and UNESCO. Central to her efforts is bridging the gap between research and policymakers. She has helped develop legislation with the US Congress as well as with UN agencies based on the implications of her team’s research results. Dr. Heymann’s findings have been featured on CNN Headline News; MSNBC; Good Morning America; Fox News; National Public Radio’s All Things Considered; Fresh Air and Marketplace; in The New York Times; Washington Post; Los Angeles Times; Business Week, Inc; Portfolio; Forbes India and USA Today among other internationally and nationally syndicated programs and press.

Education: 
MD, Harvard Medical School
Master of Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government
PhD, Harvard University
Selected Publications: 
  1. Heymann SJ and Barrera M, eds. Ensuring a Sustainable Future: Making Progress on Environment and Equity. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.
  2. Heymann SJ, Stein M, and Moreno G, eds. Disability and Equity at Work. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.
  3. Heymann SJ with McNeill K. Changing Children’s Chances: How Country Action Changes Children’s Opportunities. Boston: Harvard University Press, 2013.
  4. Heymann SJ and Cassola A, eds. Making Equal Rights Real: Taking Effective Action to Overcome Tough Global Challenges. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  5. Heymann SJ, Sherr L, and Kidman R, eds. Protecting Childhood in the AIDS Pandemic: Finding Solutions that Work. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  6. Heymann SJ and Cassola A, eds. Lessons in Educational Equality: Successful Approaches to Intractable Problems around the World. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  7. Heymann SJ with Barrera M. Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder: Creating Value by Investing in Your Workforce. Boston: Harvard Business Press, 2010.
  8. Heymann SJ and Earle A. Raising the Global Floor: Dismantling The Myth That We Can’t Afford Good Working Conditions For Everyone. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010.
  9. Blouin C, Heymann SJ, and Drager N, eds. Trade and Health: Finding Common Ground. Montreal: McGill Queens University Press, 2007.
  10. Heymann SJ. Forgotten Families: Ending the Growing Crisis Confronting Children and Working Parents in the Global Economy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  11. Heymann SJ, Hertzman C, Barer M, and Evans R, eds. Healthier Societies: From Analysis to Action. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  12. Heymann SJ and Beem C, eds. Unfinished Work: Building Equality and Democracy in an Era of Working Families. New York: The New Press, 2005.
  13. Heymann SJ, ed. Global Inequalities at Work: Work’s Impact on the Health of Individuals, Families, and Societies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
  14. Heymann SJ, Rogers J, and Cohen J, eds. Can Working Families Ever Win?  A New Democracy Forum on Helping Parents Succeed at Work and Caregiving. Boston: Beacon Press, 2002.
  15. Heymann SJ. The Widening Gap: Why Working Families Are in Jeopardy and What Can Be Done About It. New York: Basic Books, 2000.  
  16. Heymann SJ. Equal Partners: A Physician’s Call For A New Spirit of Medicine. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1995.
  17. Barthold D, Nandi A, Mendoza JM, and Heymann SJ. Are Countries Equally Efficient at Improving Longevity for Men and Women? American Journal of Public Health. Forthcoming.
  18. Heymann SJ, McNeill K, and Earle A.  Filling a Critical Gap: Measuring Work Policies that Affect Families Globally. Community, Work & Family. Forthcoming.
  19. Heymann SJ, Cassola A, Raub A, and Mishra L. Constitutional Rights to Health, Public Health and Medical Care: Health Protections and Their Impacts in 191 Countries. Global Public Health. Forthcoming.
  20. Ford JD, Lesnikowski A, Berrang-Ford L, Heymann SJ, and Barrera M. How to Track Climate Change Adaptation: A Typology of Approaches for National-level Application. Ecology and Society. Forthcoming.
  21. Lesnikowski A, Ford JD, Berrang-Ford L, Barrera M, Berry P, Henderson J, and Heymann SJ. National-level Factors Affecting Likelihood to Adapt to the Health Effects of Climate Change. Global Environmental Change. Forthcoming.
  22. Rajaraman D and Heymann SJ. A Qualitative Study of Access to Sanitation amongst Low-income Working Women in Bangalore, India. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development. Forthcoming.
  23. Heymann SJ, Raub A, and Earle A. Breastfeeding Policy: A Globally Comparative Analysis. Global Public Health. Forthcoming.
  24. Poutiainen C and Heymann SJ. Civil Society Organizations and Adaptation to the Health Effects of Climate Change in Canada. Public Health. Online release April  2013. Article in print forthcoming.
  25. Heymann SJ, Earle A, and McNeill K. The Impact of Labor Policies on the Health of Young Children in the Context of Economic Globalization. Annual Review of Public Health. 2013; 34:355–72.
  26. Heymann SJ, Raub A, and Cassola A. Does Prohibiting Child Labor Increase Secondary School Enrolment? Insights from a New Global Dataset. International Journal of Educational Research. Online release February 2013. Article in print forthcoming.
  27. Heymann SJ, Barrera M, Guzman N, Raub A, and Vincent I. From Human Rights Agreements to National Change: Illustrating a More Transparent Approach to Accountability. Nordic Journal for Human Rights. 2012; 30(3): 279–296.
  28. Lahaie C, Earle A, and Heymann SJ. An Uneven Burden:  Social Disparities in Adult Caregiving Responsibilities, Working Conditions, and Caregiver Outcomes. Research on Aging. Online release May 2012. Article in print forthcoming.
  29. Morantz G, Rousseau C, Banerji A, Martin C, and Heymann SJ. Resettlement Challenges Faced by Refugee Claimant Families in Montreal: Lack of Access to Childcare. Child & Family Social Work. Online release March 2012. Article in print forthcoming.
  30. Earle A and Heymann SJ. The Cost of Caregiving: Wage Loss Among Caregivers of Elderly and Disabled Adults and Children with Special Needs. Community, Work & Family. 2012; 15(3): 357-375.
  31. Daku MT, Gibbs A, and Heymann SJ. Representations of MDR and XDR-TB in South African Newspapers. Social Science & Medicine. 2012; 75(2): 410–418.
  32. Morantz G, Rousseau C, and Heymann SJ. The Divergent Experiences of Children and Adults in the Resettlement Process: Perspectives of Child and Parent Refugee Claimants in Montreal. Journal of Refugee Studies. 2012; 25 (1): 71-92.
  33. Daku MT and Heymann SJ. Maternal Leave Policies and Vaccination Coverage: A Global Analysis. Social Science & Medicine. 2012; 74(2): 120-124.
  34. Lesnikowski AC, Ford JD, Berrang-Ford L, Paterson JA, Barrera M, and Heymann SJ. Adapting to Health Impacts of Climate Change: A study of UNFCCC Annex I parties. Environmental Research Letters. 2011; 6(4): 1-9.
  35. Earle A, Mokomane Z, and Heymann SJ. International Perspectives on Work-Family Policies: Lessons from the World’s Most Competitive Economies. Future of Children. 2011; 21(2): 191-210.
  36. Heymann SJ, Raub A, and Earle A. Creating and Using New Data Sources to Analyze the Relationship between Social Policy and Global Health: The Case of Maternal Leave. Public Health Reports. 2011;126(Suppl 3):127-34.
  37. Sigurdsen P, Berger S, and Heymann SJ. The Effects of Economic Crises on Families Caring for Children: Understanding and Reducing Long-Term Sequelae. Development Policy Review. 2011; 29(5): 547-564.
  38. Earle A and Heymann SJ. Protecting the Health of Employed Adults Caring for Family Members with Special Health Care Needs. Social Science & Medicine. 2011; 73(1): 68-78.
  39. Schliwen A, Earle A, Hayes J, and Heymann SJ. The Administration and Financing of Paid Sick Leave. International Labour Review. 2011; 150(1-2): 43-62.
  40. Heymann SJ. Investing at the Bottom of the Ladder. Stanford Social Innovation Review. 2011; Winter (1):27-28.
  41. Heymann SJ and Barrera M. How businesses can profit from raising compensation at the bottom. Ivey Business Journal. Nov-Dec 2010.
  42. Kidman R, Hanley JA, Subramanian SV, Foster G, and Heymann SJ. AIDS in the family and community: The impact on child health in Malawi. Social Science & Medicine. 2010; 71(5): 966-974.
  43. Drouin O and Heymann SJ. Scaling up and sustaining community-based care for preschool and school-age children – successes and challenges in Malawi. Vulnerable Child and Youth Studies. 2010; 5(sup 1):31-39.
  44. Heymann SJ, Gerecke M, and Chaussard M. Paid Health and Family Leave: The Canadian Experience in the Global Context. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2010; 101(Suppl.1): S9-S15.
  45. Shea A, Nakayama M, and Heymann SJ. Improving Labour Standards in Clothing Factories:  Lessons from Stakeholder Views and Monitoring Results in Cambodia. Journal of Global Social Policy. 2010; 10(1): 85–110.
  46. Morantz G and Heymann SJ. Life in Institutional Care: The Voices of Children in a Residential Facility in Botswana. AIDS Care. 2010; 22(1): 10-16.
  47. Heymann SJ, Rho HJ, Schmitt J, and Earle A. Ensuring a Healthy and Productive Workforce:  Comparing the Generosity of Paid Sick Day and Leave Policies in 22 Countries. International Journal of Health Services. 2010; 40(1): 1-22.
  48. Heymann SJ and Kidman R. HIV/AIDS, Declining Family Resources and the Community Safety Net. AIDS Care. 2009; 21(1): 34-42.
  49. Mandic CG and Heymann SJ. Supported Employment in a Lower Income Context: The Case of Banco de Crédito del Perú and Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú. International Journal of Disability, Community & Rehabilitation. 2009; 8(1).
  50. Kidman R and Heymann SJ. The Extent of Community and Public Support Available to Families Caring for Orphans in Malawi. AIDS Care. 2009; 21(4): 439 – 447.
  51. Heymann SJ, Flores-Macias F, Hayes J, Kennedy M, Earle A, and Lahaie C. The Impact of Migration on the Well-Being of Transnational Families: New Data from Sending Communities in Mexico. Community, Work and Family. 2009; 12(1): 91-103.