Addressing Health Disparities in the 21st Century: Thinking Further Upstream at Next Clarkson University Science Café

Ernesto Moralez, St. Lawrence University Professor of Public Health, will present Addressing Health Disparities in the 21st Century: Thinking Further Upstream at the next Clarkson University Science Café on Wednesday, October 27 at 7:15 pm.

Ernesto Moralez

The traditional framework for improving the health of a community by promoting physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco regulations is not yielding the results hoped for by public health professionals. A significant reason for this is that health outcomes are not determined purely by individual behavior but rather by social, political and economic structures. A “life-course” perspective is required to understand health. Professor Ernesto Moralez (Public Health, St. Lawrence University) will discuss

how factors such as poverty, housing, food insecurity and a lack of educational opportunity — the social determinants of health — are crucial drivers of health (and health disparities) in the U.S. and how they contribute to the development and treatment of chronic illness, as well as health inequities. Moralez will also discuss the heavy burden the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on complex patients (individuals dealing with more than one health condition) and give a summary of the potential community-level “aftershocks” of COVID-19. In addition, he will share preliminary results of his findings on how community health workers can be the change agents in community healthcare efforts, particularly in low-income, low-access areas.

Traditionally, Science Cafés have brought together local university and college professors and townspeople in relaxed, informal settings, such as coffeehouses and pubs. For the health and safety of all, we will continue with a virtual platform (ZOOM) for the fall 2021 talks. The speaker will make a short presentation about a topic in his or her field and, as always, there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

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The Science Café is sponsored by Clarkson University School of Arts & Sciences, Potsdam NY.

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