The Embodying Race(ism) lab is driven by the question, “how does social inequality affect human health and how can we intervene?”. Integrating theoretical perspectives from the social sciences with epidemiological methods in public health we examine how social inequality in the US shapes population health, with a particular focus on the health of racial/ethnic groups and immigrants. Our research interrogates how race and social inequities have been deeply embedded into our nation’s culture and institutions and trace the biosocial mechanisms by which these inequities get “under the skin” to affect health across the lifecourse. The lab is led by Dr Aresha Martinez-Cardoso, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at UChicago
“Moving Diabetes Upstream”, authored by Dr Martinez-Cardoso, lab member Woorin Jang, and Dr Arshiya Baig was recently published n in the journal Current Diabetes Reports. Our paper uses a socioecological framework to review the literature on the social determinants of diabetes management among immigrants in the US.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately impact Black and Latinx communities, Drs Martinez-Cardoso and Robert Vargas (Sociology) reflect on how our public health practices and government policies exacerbate the impact of COVID on communities of color. Read it here.