Means and Methods

Episode 4


Dr. Ellen Block, Ph.D.
Sociology Department

Her work centers on the intersections of health, kinship and care in sub-Saharan Africa. She is currently working on a project that examines the emergence of new forms of elder care in Ghana, in light of a rapidly aging population. Thus far, kin-based care has predominated in providing care for elderly people in Ghana. However, such caregiving methods, in the face of population shifts such as longevity, decreased fertility, and increased migration, are already stretched to their limit and will be unsuccessful in managing the ever-increasing number of elders and the complexity of the health challenges they face. This project explores the ways that individuals, entrepreneurs, governments and non-governmental organizations build and legitimate elder care practices in culturally appropriate ways, and examines how such care is perceived by the elderly people receiving it. Learn more about Prof. Ellen Block

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Ph.D University of Michigan

Episode 5


Elizabeth Johnson
Adjunct Instructor of English 2007-Present

Poetry, theology, interpersonal communication, public speaking
Areas of Interest:
Creative writing, spirituality memoirs, religious literature, spirituality, and preaching


M.F.A., Bennington College, 2002
M.A., Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1995
B.A., Concordia College, 1993