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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

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Association Between Racial Wealth Inequities and Racial Disparities in Longevity Among US Adults and Role of Reparations Payments, 1992 to 2018

Currently, there exists in America a sizable gap in life expectancy between Black and White…

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Telemedicine services in higher education: a review of college and university websites

Authors aimed to identify rates of telemedicine provision during the COVID-19 pandemic and predictive institutional…

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Depression in the African American Christian Community: Examining Denominational and Gender Differences

Religion and spirituality are a common method in African American communities for coping with various…

Responding to Health Disparities in Behavioral Weight Loss Interventions and COVID-19 in Black Adults: Recommendations for Health Equity

COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted Black adults. Obesity is a central factor in the severity of…

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Is this the “Golden Age” of Behavioral Genetics?

Evan Charney, a senior researcher at the Cook Center, recently published a technical report, “Is…

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Shades of Black: Gendered denominational variation in depression symptoms among Black Christians

When considering mechanisms to improve one’s physical and mental health, practitioners often look to social…

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Improving Human Health in China Through Alternative Energy

As climate change continues to pose problems for the present and future health of the…

The Multi-Caregiver Role and Its Relationship to Behavioral Adherence and Weight Among Treatment Engaged Black Women

This report from Cook Center Faculty Affiliate Loneke Blackman Carr, published in April 2022 in…