July 15, 2009
Division of Special Populations (DSP), NICHD
6100 Executive Blvd, Bethesda, Maryland
The social determinants of health are the conditions, in which people are born, grow, and live, and have a significant impact on health outcomes. Dr. Debbie S. Barrington, assistant professor from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, presented data from her research on the multi-level and intergenerational socioeconomic determinants of black-white disparities in reproductive and perinatal health within the United States. In her presentation, Addressing Disparities in Child Health and Human Development (PDF - 949 KB), Dr. Barrington discussed the effect of intergenerational poverty on infant low birth weight and the role of marriage as a protective factor against low birth weight infants. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion, which included scientists from the academic community (Renee Jenkins, M.D., Howard University College of Medicine; Siva Subramanian, M.D., Georgetown University Medical Center) and scientists from the NICHD (Maurice Davis M.P.A.-M.H.S.A, Division of Epidemiology, Statistics, and Prevention Research; V. Jeffrey Evans, Ph.D. and Michael L. Spittel, Ph.D., Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch).
Dr. Regina James, DSP, NICHD
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