Study Racial/Ethnic and Gender Inequalities in Health and Health Care this summer!
The environments where we live, learn, work, play, and pray shape our day-to-day lives and long-term health and well-being in complex ways. Dr. Anthony Iton, Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at the California Endowment, famously said “tell me your zip code and I’ll tell you your life expectancy.”
This course lays a theoretical and empirical foundation for those interested in understanding how social factors (poverty, community context, work environments, etc.) affect the health and well-being of racial and ethnic minorities and other vulnerable populations in the United States. You will develop tools to analyze epidemiological patterns of health status by race/ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic status. In addition, you will learn how structural factors (racism, segregation, gender hierarchies, dominant cultural norms within health systems and organizations, and their intersections) contribute to health disparities, and how policies and practices inside and outside of the healthcare system are advancing health equity.
This Summer School course addresses the following inequity concerns and how they relate to health:
- In New Orleans, the life expectancy of residents from the poorest zip code in the city is 26 years lower than for residents of the wealthiest zip code.
- The median net worth for Black Bostonians is $8.00 compared to White median net worth of $247,500.00.
- In 2015, women working full-time earned 80% of what men working full-time earned, and if trends continue, white women will have to wait until 2056 to see equal work for equal pay.
- Hispanic women will have to wait 232 years for the pay gap to close without active policy intervention.
If you are interested in understanding how these social and structural factors affect the health and well-being of racial and ethnic minorities and other vulnerable populations in the United States, then register for this summer’s Racial/Ethnic and Gender Inequalities in Health and Health Care course.
Session 2 of Brandeis Summer School starts July 6!
Online courses are filling very quickly this summer so be sure to register soon!
HSSP 114B: Racial/Ethnic and Gender Inequalities in Health and Health Care
With Jessica Santos, Ph.D. – view biography here.
Summer Session 2: July 6 to August 7, 2020
Online: Mondays, Tuesday, and Thursdays
Time: 8:30am – 11:00am
Brandeis Graduation Requirement Fulfilled: SS
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