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Social Inequities in Health: What Each One of Us Can Do

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David R. Williams, Ph.D., M.P.H.

The Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health
Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard University
Campbridge, Mass.
Elected Member of the National Academy of Medicine
Elected Member of the National Academy of Science
Elected Member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences

Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lecture: Social Inequities in Health: What Each One of Us Can Do

Date: September 16, 2021

Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Archived video

About this Seminar

Dr. Williams will provide an overview of the large and persistent socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in health. Distinctive social exposures linked to race - at the individual and institutional level - can have pervasive negative effects on health. Dr. Williams will also draw on scientific research, which documents that tackling the social determinants of health can lead to improvements in health and reductions in health inequities. The lecture will focus on both interventions within the healthcare system that address some of the social determinants of health, as well as interventions on upstream factors, such as housing, neighborhood conditions, economic well-being, and investing in early childhood development. All of these factors can lead to improvements in health and reduced social inequities in health.

Additional Details

This is a free event hosted by Dr. Michael Friedlander and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. For more information, please call 540-526-2059.

About Maury Strauss

Maury Strauss is a longtime community benefactor and businessman who supports biomedical research with the goal of energizing the local economy and improving quality of life in our neighborhoods and around the world. In order to ensure the continued success of Roanoke’s biomedical research enterprise, as well as the free public seminars, Mr. Strauss has made a generous gift to the series. Read VT News Story

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