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COVID-19 in Context: Racism, Segregation, and Racial Inequities in Philadelphia

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

The department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Dornsife School of Public Health presents Sharrelle Barber ScD, MPH, assistant research professor in the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Urban Health Collaborative at Dornsife.
In Philadelphia, racial inequities in COVID-19 began to emerge in Philadelphia on March 30, 2020 with Blacks comprising 46% of the confirmed cases in the city as of May 15. While data dis-aggregated by race/ethnicity are critical, these data alone fail to fully capture the root causes of racial inequities in COVID-19 and mask the complex systems operating to produce them. Grounded in Critical Race Theory and Systems Thinking, this presentation will use descriptive spatial analysis to place data on COVID-19 in Philadelphia in context, illustrating how structural racism and historical and contemporary patterns of residential segregation have converged to create racial inequities during this pandemic.

About the Presenter:
Barber received a Doctor of Science (ScD) degree in Social Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research focuses on the intersection of “place, race, and health” and examines the role of structural racism (i.e. concentrated economic disadvantage and residential segregation) in shaping health and racial/ethnic health inequalities among Blacks with a particular focus on the Southern United States and Brazil. To that end, she has conducted a series of empirical investigations in the Jackson Heart Study based in Jackson, Mississippi and the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil), a multi-site cohort study based in six urban centers across Brazil. 
Barber’s research employs multilevel analysis and spatial techniques and draws heavily from theories that take a socio-ecological approach to understanding health and health inequalities. Ultimately, Barber hopes her research will inform the development of multi-level, multi-sector policies that will address the underlying structural determinants of health through economic and social policy initiatives.
Meeting ID: 877 810 735
Password: 825063

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