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Center for Health Equity Research Launch Event With Guest Speaker Dr. David Williams

Please join us for the launch of the Center for Community Health Equity Research in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. The SPHHS Center for Community Health Equity Research promotes multidisciplinary research investigating the social production of health disparities and the relationships among individual, social, and environmental structures that impact quality of life and population health. We 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.

We are delighted to welcome back to UMass Dr. David Williams, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, whose keynote address will present his research on "Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health: Present realities and future directions.” The talk will be followed by brief remarks from a panel of faculty in Health Promotion and Policy and Political Science. Light refreshments will be served.


Thursday, April 26, 2018 -
9:30am to 12:30pm
10th Floor, Amherst Room Campus Center

DAVID R. WILLIAMS, PhD, MPH, 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 socioeconomicstatus, stress and racism affect health. The Everyday DiscriminationScale 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.

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