Health, both physical and mental, is infuenced by a range of factors including access to healthy nutrition, physical activity, quality of one's local environment, family relationships, as well as the larger sociological, economic, and historic structure within which individuals are immersed. Faculty in the group on health pursue research investigating the causes of group differences in health, their consequences, and interventions that promote health and reduce group disparities. Examples of research projects include the following:
- Improving medical decision-making for patients with mental illness
- Role of parenting and peers on children and adolescents’ cognitive and social-emotional development
- Use of digital storytelling interventions to address health inequities among marginalized young parents and families.
- Sexual orientation differences in menopause timing and symptoms
- Impact of modifiable risk factors such as physical activity on gestational diabetes in Hispanic women
- Improving patient access to healthcare providers and resources among vulnerable low income populations
- Developing energy-efficient strategies for wastewater treatment for communities of varying economic resources
This research group meets once a month and is open to faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff from the Five Colleges whose work touches on diversity and equity in health.
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