Calendar of Events
The Interplay Between Race and Health: Racial Disparities in Infant Health
Thursday, March 25, 2010, 11:45 am - 1 pm
Location: Room 170
Noontime speaker series with a special screening of the PBS documentary "Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?"
The PBS documentary "Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?" chronicles the significant racial and socioeconomic disparities in health across the United States. Our 3-part speaker series will feature four Atlanta experts who were interviewed for the documentary's second episode, "When the Bough Breaks." This episode documents the poorer birth outcomes experienced by African-American women compared to white women at every socioeconomic level. Neither biology nor differences in education, income, and social class explain the higher rates of African-American prematurity and infant mortality. Experts interviewed by PBS believe that the cumulative stress of racism experienced by African-American women over their lifetimes may account for these disparities.
Kim Anderson, a successful Atlanta attorney and executive, tells her personal story about unexpectedly having her baby 2-1/2 months prematurely, despite good prenatal care, diet, and exercise during her pregnancy. Drs. Hogue, Jackson, and Jones discuss their research findings on the interplay of stress, racism, and health and explore the implications for social policy. Moderated by law students, this speaker series is designed to provide an opportunity to reflect on possible ways that law and lawyers might address the societal change.
Location and time for each program:
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Georgia State University College of Law, Room 170
140 Decatur Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
This speaker series is free of charge and open to the public. For information on directions and parking, please visit http://law.gsu.edu/college/directions.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Race, Stress, and Social Support: Addressing the Crisis in Black Infant Mortality
Fleda Mask Jackson, Ph.D.
President & CEO, MAJAICA, LLC
Senior Scientist, Atlanta Regional Health Forum
Affiliated Professor of Applied Public Health
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Dr. Jackson's research team has produced a unique identity stress measure (Jackson, Hogue, Phillips Contextualized Stress). Her work on the social determinants of health and health equity is demonstrating the link between racism and the risk for disparate poor birth outcomes and other health inequities. Dr. Jackson is the author of numerous publications, including the 2007 report, "Race, Stress, and Social Support: Addressing the Crisis in Black Infant Mortality."
Charity Scott, J.D., M.S.C.M.
Professor of Law, College of Law and Robinson College of Business
Director, Center for Law, Health & Society
Georgia State University
Charity Scott is Professor of Law with a joint appointment at GSU's College of Law and J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Institute of Health Administration. She has served in leadership capacities on health law with the ABA, State Bar of Georgia, and other professional associations. Prof. Scott has published on many health law topics, including antitrust, bioethics, medical privacy, and health policy.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
What Causes Racial Disparities in Very Pre-term Birth? Personal and Biosocial Perspectives
Kim E. Anderson, J.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Anderson is CEO of Families First, an Atlanta-based non-profit organization. Her prior legal career included working as an attorney with Alston & Bird, General Counsel of Grady Health System, and V.P. and Assistant General Counsel for Magellan Health Systems. She has served as President of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and the Georgia Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
Carol J. Rowland Hogue, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Jules & Uldeen Terry Professor of Maternal and Child Health
Professor of Epidemiology
Director, Women's and Children's Center
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Prior to joining Emory's faculty in 1992, Dr. Hogue was the Director of the CDC's Division of Reproductive Health. Dr. Hogue led the initial innovative research on racial disparities in preterm delivery that found that college-educated African-American women have a three-fold risk of very preterm delivery when compared to college-educated white women. She is lead editor of the book, Minority Health in America (Johns Hopkins U. Press, 2000).
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Social Determinants of Health and Equity: Addressing the Root Causes of Health Disparities
Camara Phyllis Jones, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Research Director on Social Determinants of Health and Equity
Emerging Investigations and Analytic Methods Branch
Division of Adult and Community Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
In addition to her work at the CDC, Dr. Jones is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health. She is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on health and well-being. As a social epidemiologist, her work on "race"-associated differences in health outcomes goes beyond documenting those differences to investigating the structural causes of the differences.
Co-sponsored by: Georgia State University College of Law; the Center for Law, Health & Society; Black Law Students Association; Child Advocacy Society; Law Students for Reproductive Justice; Public Interest Law Association; Student Health Law Association
E-mail: agrover6@E R A S Egsu.edu
Category : Center for Law, Health & Society