Harvard scholar to speak on 'Neighborhoods and Health'

Ichiro Kawachio of Harvard University, will speak on "Neighborhoods and Health" on Friday, April 8, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in 620 Thompson Hall.

Kawachi is professor of social epidemiology in the department of society, human development, and health, at Harvard and director of the Harvard Center for Society and Health, a center dedicated to identifying the social and economic determinants of health and intervening to improve the public''s health.

Kawachi''s research in social determinants of health seeks to link
macro social forces - such as income distribution, social cohesion and
social capital, inequalities in political participation, and residential
segregation - to patterns of health and disease in populations. His
research in the area of psychosocial risk factors for Heart Disease links
psychosocial factors to risk of heart disease and focus on: work environment
(job stress, shift work); personality and negative emotions (anger,
hostility, anxiety, and depression); as well as the protective effects of
social networks and support; and his work in smoking and health studies
include the effects of passive smoking on disease risk.

A light lunch will be served.

Presented by the Center for Public Policy and Administration, the Health and Environment Lecture Series is free and open to the public.