CHPIR Faculty, Dr. Jay Pearson, to speak on Racial & Ethnic Inequity on February 27th

Socio-Structural and Socio-Cultural Model of Racial and Ethnic Health Inequity

Location: Trent Hall, Room 124

From: February 27, 2013 at 12:00pm to: 1:00pm

Details: Join us for a Global Health Faculty Research talk by Jay Pearson, PhD, Assistant Professor at Sanford School of Public Policy. This event is open to the public so please spread the word to your colleagues and students. Lunch will be served.

Can’t attend? Join via livecast.

About the talk:
What are the health implications of racial categorization, ethnic identity formation, discrimination and alternative socio-cultural orientations?

A basic tenet of public health is that the relationship between socioeconomic status and health is robust, whereby health improves rapidly from the lowest levels of income, education or occupation to average or median levels, with a detectable , if diminishing, gradient at even higher levels of socioeconomic status.

However, the literature on which this tenet is based is largely research studying white men. The magnitude and, in some cases, direction of this relationship varies considerably for other demographic groups. Dr. Pearson argues that failure to clearly qualify study conclusions when they are restricted to the study of white men and the continued application of poorly conceptualized and un-theorized race and ethnicity variables are an impediment to integrating the range of findings on social characteristics and health.

About the speaker:
Jay A. Pearson’s research examines how various forms of structural inequality influence social determination of health. A native of Hertford County in northeastern North Carolina, Pearson’s early experiences in the rural agricultural south shaped his academic interests and inform his research agenda.

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