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Nationwide, Black Americans show persistent health inequities, including higher rates of infant mortality, cancer mortality, high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, and stroke. These health disparities can be traced back centuries, and are strongly influenced by social determinants of health, and inextricably linked to historical inequities in US laws, housing discrimination, redlining, ethical violations in medical research, education, environment, and employment. The capacity of underserved populations to effectively engage in health care and gain empowerment in their health (health activation) can significantly reduce health disparities yet may be hindered by continued experiences with discrimination and mistrust. For communities, health, and human service providers to begin effectively addressing health disparities, it is critical to understand the complex systems, current and historical structural inequities, and sociocultural factors that influence residents’ access and engagement with care.
Dr. Emily Spence is the Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Health Equity at the UNTHSC School of Public Health. Dr. Spence’s research focuses on health disparities, community empowerment, program evaluation, and understanding community strengths and needs. She utilizes participatory approaches to support the design, development, and implementation of solution-focused community interventions. Dr. Spence received her bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from Florida State University and her Ph.D. from Florida International University. She is also certified as a Community Health Worker Instructor in Texas.
This session aligns with NNLMs mission of providing health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.
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- Participants will be able to trace the influence of historical inequities to modern-day health disparities.
- Participants will identify strategies and resources to increase knowledge and skills associated with promoting health activation in underserved communities.
- Participants will explore a multi-level response to addressing health disparities associated with structural inequities.