Seminar: School of Community Health Sciences
The UNLV School of Community Health Sciences is presenting seminars for candidates of the Health for Nevada Health Disparities Director and Professor of Community Health Sciences.
Dr. Robert O. Valdez will give a seminar on "Opportunities for Addressing Racial/Ethical Inequities in Health."
Addressing racial/ethnic health inequities requires a broader approach than simply health care system reforms. We must also address the social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health. These factors include socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment, and social support networks as well as health care. Using a Community Health Framework, we propose providing leadership and training in research and education relating to health inequities exploring the joint effects of socio-economic status (SES), sex and race/ethnicity (intersectionality). These social categories are individually robust predictors of variations in health outcomes and services utilization. Intersectionality, however suggests that the impact of each depends on the others as each reflects historically and culturally contingent variations in social, political and economic status. The intersections of these social categories create distinct patterns and experience of health care access, utilization, quality of care and health outcomes that can be captured using a life-course approach (exposome) to understanding exposures as they affect biological processes (epigenetics). Thus, reducing health inequities requires greater attention to social processes at multiple levels of society and development of analytic approaches to better understand how multiple risk factors act jointly to affect health and the management of disease.
The event is free and open to the public, students, faculty and staff.
UNLV School of Community Health Sciences - Department of Environmental and Occupational Health