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Ryan I. Logan

Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology, California State University Stanislaus
Chapter Member: Bay Area SSN
Areas of Expertise:
  • Civic Engagement
  • Immigration
  • Health Care

About Ryan

Logan’s areas of expertise include medical anthropology, public health, health disparities, medical paraprofessionals, health policy, social determinants of health, and collaborative research. Logan’s recent projects have analyzed the lived experiences of community health workers, impacts of social determinants of health on marginalized communities, alternative health practitioners, and topics related to activism and advocacy. Logan’s civic involvement includes or has included collaborating with the Indiana Community Health Workers Association (INCHWA), the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH), People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO), and the Indianapolis Congregation Action Network (IndyCAN).

In the News

Publications

""A Poverty in Understanding": Assessing the Structural Challenges Experienced by Community Health Workers and Their Clients" Global Public Health (2019).

Draws on a year-long ethnographic research project examining the work done, and barriers faced, by Community Health Workers (CHWs) in advocating and assisting their clients. Notes parallels exist between work done by CHWs in the United States and globally. Assesses that while CHWs and their clients face several structural barriers to care, CHWs can be effective, especially if they adopt an approach that more directly faces the problem of structural violence.

"Being a Community Health Worker Means Advocating" Anthropology in Action 26, no. 2 (June 2019): 9-18.

Notes that Community Health Workers (CHWs) use advocacy as a key way to help clients overcome health disparities and raise up communities. Examines three levels of advocacy that CHWs participate in. States that as these roles become institutionalized, the role of advocacy may diminish, which should be countered, as advocacy is an essential component of the work CHWs do.

"Not a Duty but an Opportunity: Exploring the Lived Experience of Community Health Workers in Indiana through Photovoice" Qualitative Research in Medicine and Healthcare 2, no. 3 (2018).

Explains how photovoice is a methodology that enhances the voice of participants through the collection of visual data (in the form of photographs) and utilizes their own interpretations as a means of analyzing this data. Details several key findings from a photovoice project that asked participants to capture data related to what it means to be a community health worker, what is an impact they have had, and what is a challenge they have overcome. 

"‘Let the Horse Run’: Assessing the Potential, Challenges, and Future Sustainability of Community Health Workers in Indiana" Practicing Anthropology 40, no. 3 (2018): 40-44.

Details the potentiality, challenges, and future sustainability of the community health worker model in Indiana. Focuses on the state of Indiana, and also shows broad applications for burgeoning community health worker programs and policy makers to consider both nationally and globally.

"Achieving Health Alternatively: The Role of Alternative Health Practitioners in Tampa Bay" Practicing Anthropology 39, no. 4 (2017): 10-14.

Explores the results of an exploratory research project on the role of five alternative health practitioners in the Tampa Bay region. Details the mental and physical health issues treated by these practitioners as well as how biomedical professionals may consider collaborating with these individuals.

"Collaborative Methods, Collaborative Change: Integrating Methodology and Partnerships in Research with Community Health Workers in the Midwestern, United States" ABD: An Interdisciplinary Student Journal 5 (2018): 1-10.

Examines the collaborative nature of Logan's dissertation project with a community health worker organization in Indiana. Outlines the obligations researchers have toward their community members when conducting research projects.

"Transcending Differences and Persuading through Faith: The Importance of Religion in Grassroots Organizing" Practicing Anthropology 37, no. 1 (2015): 15-19.

Documents the broad findings of Logan's master’s thesis project, which examined the role of religion in a grassroots community organizing campaign for comprehensive immigration reform.