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Causes of Death: Macro-Social Determinants of Health, the Biological Embedding of Racism, & Next Steps in Anti-Racism Research

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Embodied Inequalities & Begando Lecture Event

About the event:

Join UIC's Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and the Department of Medical Education for a talk by David Chae where he will discuss a social-ecological, psychobiological, and developmental approach to studying racism and implementing anti-racist interventions. Racial inequities in health are caused by racism ­— a social and moral dilemma, as well as a serious public health concern. In addition to causing direct physical damage, racism is also embodied covertly, including via biological processes underlying multiple disease pathways such as accelerated aging at the cell level.

About the speaker:
David Chae, ScD, MA is Director of the Society, Health and Racial Equity (SHARE) Lab & Associate Dean for Research at Tulane University. His research focuses on social determinants of health inequities and the embodiment of racism. He studies racism as a social-environmental toxin that shapes the inequitable population-level distribution of disease. As part of this work, he investigates the interplay between social context, developmental period, behavior, and biology, and links to disease susceptibility and progression.

Registration is required for the event. Please click on the RSVP button below to register to attend in person or virtually for the event.

About the series: The Embodied Inequality: Unpacking the Impact of Race & Racism on Health series builds on important work documenting extensive health disparities. This interdisciplinary lecture series explores why race is so consequential for health outcomes and how scholars, practitioners, and community groups can intervene to improve health outcomes for vulnerable communities.

The Annual Joseph S. Begando Keynote Lecture sponsored by the Department of Medical Education brings distinguished scholars in the Health Humanities to the UIC community to explore pressing social issues relating to health, medicine, disability, and illness.