Weathering and Health Inequity: Letting the Epigenome Out of the Bottle Without Losing Sight of the Structural Origins of Population Health
Join Arline T. Geronimus, ScD, for an afternoon guaranteed to stimulate thought and raise awareness about how biological and social sciences can influence and promote health equity.
Associate Director and Research Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan and member of the National Academy of Medicine, Dr. Geronimus originated the concept of “weathering” to explain her observation that African American women’s health declines in early adulthood as a result of their cumulative exposure to socioeconomic disadvantage. This concept is now widely seen as critical to understanding the sources and mechanisms of racial and ethnic health inequity.
Hear Dr. Geronimus discuss weathering and the ways that structurally rooted biological and psychosocial processes shape health inequities in our society.