Social Disparities and Health
A pressing policy problem in the United States and other countries is the extraordinary pattern of inequality in the health of children and adults. These health disparities are widespread and not easily explained. Faculty in IPR’s Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health are forging new paths to create better understanding of, and improvement in, human health and social outcomes. They recognize that such an effort requires complex modeling of the interplay between biological processes and environmental influences. To this end, they coalesce around the Center’s mission to:
- bring together the social, life, and biomedical sciences to understand the origins, consequences, and policy solutions for contemporary health inequalities in the United States; and
- examine how broad social, race/ethnic, and economic disparities "get under the skin" and affect human development and physical health.
A Message from Thomas McDade, Program Chair and C2S Director
Recently published articles and working papers in this program area include:
Thomas McDade, Amelia Sancilio, Richard D’Aquila, Brian Mustanski, Lauren Vaught, Nina Reiser, Matthew Velez, Ryan Hsieh, Daniel Ryan, Rana Saber, Elizabeth McNally, and Alexis Demonbreun . 2021. Low Levels of Protective Humoral Immunity Following Mild or Asymptomatic Infection With SARS-Cov-2 in a Community-Based Serological Study (WP-21-21).
Joshua Schrock, Daniel Ryan, Rana Saber, Nanette Benbow, Lauren Vaught, Nina Reiser, Matthew Velez, Ryan Hsieh, Michael Newcomb, Alexis Demonbreun, Brian Mustanski, Elizabeth McNally, Richard D’Aquila, and Thomas McDade. 2021. Exposure to SARS-Cov-2 Within the Household Is Associated with Greater Symptom Severity and Stronger Antibody Responses in a Community-Based Sample of Seropositive Adults (WP-21-20).
B. Mustanski, R. Saber, D. T. Ryan, N. Benbow, K. Madkins, C. Hayford, M. E. Newcomb, J. M. Schrock, L. A. Vaught, N. L. Reiser, M. P. Velez, R. Hsieh, A. R. Demonbreun, R. D’Aquila, E. M. McNally, and T. W. McDade. 2021. Geographic Disparities in COVID-19 Case Rates Are Not Reflected in Seropositivity Rates Using a Neighborhood Survey in Chicago (WP-21-18).
Faculty come from the fields of anthropology, sociology, psychology, biomedical sciences, pediatrics, and preventive medicine, in addition to other social science and medical fields.
Prenatal Nutrition as an Influence on Future Health and Human Capital: Strategies for Harnessing a Challenging Policy Lever
Christopher Kuzawa, Professor of Anthropology and IPR Fellow
Sandra Waxman, Louis W. Menk Chair in Psychology and IPR Fellow