Tuesday, December 21, 2010

2011: The International Year for People of African Descent

The United Nations has declared 2011 "The International Year for People of African Descent."  Professor Vernellia Randall (Dayton) plans to a conduct a Series of Webinars on "Health Status, Social Determinants of Health and African Americans." She is looking for panelists to join the interdisciplinary webinars that will be scheduled throughout the year.

Social determinants of health are the key factors in the health status gap between blacks and whites. Social determinants of health are the social, economic and political forces under which people live that affect their health. Social determinants include wealth/income, education, physical environment, health care, housing, employment, stress and racism/discrimination. In fact, for blacks racism is a key factor. Even when economics are controlled, blacks have poorer health. That is, middle-class blacks have poorer health than middle-class whites. In fact, middle-class whites live 10 years longer than middle-class blacks. The stress of living in a racialized discriminatory society accounts for these racial health disparities.

Each webinar will consider a particular social determinant, inequities and the role of the law in promoting inequities or eliminating inequities. Each webinar will be 1.5 to 2 hours. There will be 2 to 3 panelist for each webinar. Each panelist will be approximately 20 to 30 minutes. There will be a 30 minute Question and Answer.   Professor Randall is looking for experts in (1) health status of African Americans (2) inequality in specific area and/or (3) the role of law in promoting or eliminating inequality. The webinars will be free and open to the public. They will be interdisciplinary. Professor Randall will arrange the dates to accommodate the schedule of the panelist.

The tentative monthly schedule is below. The schedule can be change. If you are interested please email Vernellia Randall, randall@udayton.edu  Identify the panel you are interested in, include a brief description of your experience relevant to this webinar. If you have relevant scholarship, please include relevant citations. Please share this email with others.

January      Health Policy and Law as a Social Determinant

February     Racial Inequality, Racism and Chronic Stress

March         Wealth and Income

April           Jobs, Employment and Working Conditions

May             Education: k-12, Higher Education and Professional

June            Housing and Neighborhoods

July              Environmental Racism

August          Targeting: Guns, Drugs and Fast Foods

September     Food Insecurity

October         Transportation

November      Criminal and Civil Justice

December      Pulling it all Together: Anti-Discrimination Law for the 21st Century



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