SPHHS launches new Center for Community Health Equity Research with kickoff event

Dr. David Williams will deliver a keynote talk titled "Racial and Socioeconomic
Disparities in Health: Present Realities & Future Directions.”

March 30, 2018

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences will host a campus kickoff event celebrating the launch of its new Center for Community Health Equity Research on Thursday, April 26, 9:30am-12:30pm in the Campus Center's Amherst Room. The Center welcomes renowned speaker Dr. David Williams, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, for a keynote talk titled "Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health: Present Realities & Future Directions.”

“Dr. Williams’s pathbreaking work forms the cornerstone of a large body of research in public health that documents key drivers of inequality and their pernicious effects on health,” says Susan Shaw, Associate Professor of Community Health Education and director of the new center. “We are delighted that he will be in Amherst to help us launch the Center for Community Health Equity Research, which builds on these critical insights and aims to eliminate inequality in health outcomes and well-being by fostering multi-disciplinary research conducted in partnership with communities.”

Williams’ keynote talk will be followed by a faculty panel discussion featuring Drs. Louis Graham and Lisa Wexler from the Department of Health Promotion and Policy in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and Dr. Dean Robinson from the Department of Political Science.

The SPHHS Center for Community Health Equity Research promotes multidisciplinary research investigating the social production of health disparities and the relationship between individual, social, and environmental structures that impact quality of life and population health. Its researchers seek to address the gap between academic research and practice by leveraging rigorous studies to drive public health policies. The Center will build collective resilience by forging partnerships both locally and globally through participatory research with clinical and community-based organizations.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to let us know you'll be joining us.

About David R. Williams

David R. Williams, Ph.D., is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University. Previously, he taught at Yale University and the University of Michigan. His internationally recognized scholarship examines the complex ways in which socioeconomic status, stress and racism affect health. The Everyday Discrimination Scale he developed is among the most widely used measures of discrimination in health studies around the world. Elected to the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has been ranked as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. He holds an MPH from Loma Linda University and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan.