Racism Make Us Sick?
Joseph L. Graves, Jr., Ph.D.
(New York Times interview)
Pilar Ossorio, Ph.D., J.D.
Discrimination and the Health of Asian Americans
This presentation examines how discrimination may influence well-being and health disparities with a focus on Asian Americans. The presentation will first review some of the contemporary evidence for discrimination and prejudice against Asian Americans. Then, it will summarize the findings from the National Latino and Asian American Study, examining how the reporting of discrimination is associated with physical conditions and mental disorders.
- Learn about how racial discrimination may contribute to illness.
- Distinguish between discrimination, acculturation, and other related concepts.
- Become familiar with how Asian Americans may experience discrimination and prejudice in the current day and how these experiences are associated with mental and physical conditions.
David Williams: Racism and Health:
Understanding Multiple Pathways
Racial Discrimination in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults
Racial discrimination has recently emerged as an important health risk that is differentially distributed across racial/ethnic groups. For example, evidence suggest that racial discrimination contributes to elevated health risks for African Americans, affecting multiple indicators of health status, including poorer self-rated physical and mental health, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular outcomes. However, although these associations have been reported consistently in African Americans, the mechanism underlying these associations remains a challenge. This presentation will present a) findings supporting the existing evidence on the association between racial discrimination and health status among African Americans; and b) findings on potential mechanisms by which racial discrimination may affect health status in African Americans and whites who participated in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study. Our findings suggest that we need to move beyond reporting the effect of self-reported perceived racial discrimination on health outcomes and focus on the etiologic mechanisms, upstream and downstream, by which racial discrimination may exert its effects on health.
Morris W. Foster, M.Phil, Ph.D.
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Tobacco Use Prevention Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities -
The On the Ground Smoking Cessation & Prevention Project
About this session
Sharon Fryar Height, B.A.
Adrienne Y. Witherspoon, B.A.
S.T.O.P. - Stomping Tobacco Out with Pride:
A Social Change Approach to Developing Tobacco Control Advocates
In schedules that allow very little time for activities or issues that do not further one’s professional goals, how and why do students work on tobacco control? North Carolina A&T State University has developed a core group of student tobacco control advocates, S.T.O.P. (Stomping Tobacco Out with Pride) who
- Invested three to seven hours a week over 1 1/2 years preparing as tobacco prevention advocates,
- Developed campus and community forums to share how increased awareness of tobacco control issues changed their assumptions about, relationships with, and commitment to their campus and surrounding communities,
- Effectively developed strategies for sustainable programs to educate and engage their peers and the community in tobacco cessation and prevention including a radio program, social events, a health festival and step show competition, and
- Have committed to taking the lead on campus policy change at their University which is located less than a mile from a tobacco manufacturing plant.
The objective of the presentation is to show the impact of students’ research, involvement in community education and engagement, and development of a tobacco education program on their attitudes about and usage of tobacco products and commitment to tobacco control.
Helen Lettlow, Dr.P.H. (Discussant)
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Minority Health Project|
Department of Epidemiology
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
2104D McGavran-Greenberg, CB#7435 | Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435
Phone 919-966-7436 | Fax 919-966-2089| E-mail Minority_Health@unc.edu
updated: 06/21/2007 by Vic Schoenbach