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Health Equity

Health Equity

Health Equity

Racial health disparities first appear at birth and never go away. Black babies have higher infant mortality rates than their white peers; black mothers die in childbirth at three times the rate of white mothers; and black Americans, despite having roughly the same occurrence of cardiovascular disease as white Americans, are thirty percent more likely to die from it.

In order to eliminate racial/ethnic and gender disparities in health, we must investigate the sociocultural, economic, and structural indicators of health in both risk assessment and risk prevention efforts. Cook Center researchers, often through the Center’s Health Equity Working Group, use an interdisciplinary approach to move beyond the acknowledgement of disparities toward a more complete understanding the root causes of both positive and negative health outcomes. From there, they inform practitioners, researchers and community health organizers on strength-based approaches to health.

The Health Equity Working Group uses a holistic approach to understanding and achieving health equity. Investigating the sociocultural, economic, and structural indicators of health is necessary in both risk assessment and risk prevention efforts to eliminate racial/ethnic and gender disparities in health. The Health Equity Working Group deploys an interdisciplinary approach to move beyond the acknowledgement of disparities toward understanding the root causes of both positive and negative health outcomes. We use this understanding to inform practitioners, researchers, and community health organizers on strength-based approaches to health. Our working group includes the broad intersections of race, gender, wealth, and health.

 

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Research & Publications

community disease spread

Homophily and social mixing in a small community: Implications for infectious disease transmission

Social networks, and the way they form strong or weak bonds, can have significant effects…

Testing Intergroup Contact Theory Through a Natural Experiment of Randomized College Roommate Assignments in the United States

How do we bridge social gaps between groups? Attending college provides young adults a unique…

Fighting at Birth: Eradicating the Black-White Infant Mortality Gap

The infant mortality rate (IMR) in the United States is quite high compared to that…

Exposure to Biracial Faces Reduces Colorblindness

Colorblindness as an ideology (not the visual deficiency) centers on the notion that acknowledgement of…

Equally inequitable? A cross-national comparative study of racial health inequalities in the United States and Canada

Racial health disparities in the United States are well-known, and well-documented, but the extent of…

Denominational and Gender Differences in Hypertension Among African American Christian Young Adults

Hypertension is a grave concern for the African American population, and given the connection between…

Front cover of book "a dream defaulted: the student loan crisis among Black borrowers"

Let’s Talk Sex: A Pilot Study of Sexual History Elicitation by Providers of STD Services in Leon County, Florida

Abstract An estimated one million sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are reported annually in the United…

Investigating Denominational and Church Attendance Differences in Obesity and Diabetes in Black Christian Men and Women

Often, investigations of the relationships between religious denomination and diabetes and obesity do not consider…