The Interplay Between Race and Health: Racial Disparities in Infant HealthSession 1: Addressing the Crisis in Black Infant Mortality

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The PBS Documentary “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?” chronicles the significant racial and socioeconomic disparities in health across the United States. Our 3-part speaker series will feature four Atlanta experts who were interviewed for the documentary’s second episode, “When the Bough Breaks”. This episode documents the poorer birth outcomes experienced by African-American women compared to White women at every socioeconomic level. Neither biology nor differences in education, income, and social class explain the higher rates of African –American prematurity and infant mortality. Experts interviewed by PBS believe that the cumulative stress of racism experienced by African –American women over their lifetimes may account for these disparities. Moderated by law students, this speaker series is designed to provide an introduction to the national research on health disparities, and to provide an opportunity to reflect on possible ways that law and lawyers might address this societal change.

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