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Politics, COVID-19, and racial disparities in health

Join us for a faculty talk with Javier M. Rodríguez. This webinar provides a brief outline on some newly discovered connections between health outcomes, racial disparities in health, and U.S. politics. We will also discuss how some of these associations are now manifesting during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are affecting vulnerable populations (for example, immigrants) in the U.S.


More about our speaker:
Javier M. Rodríguez is the Mary Toepelt Nicolai and George S. Blair Assistant Professor of Politics and Government, and co-Director of the Inequality and Policy Research Center at Claremont Graduate University. After receiving his PhD from UCLA, Rodríguez completed his postdoctoral training at the Population Studies Center in the University of Michigan. He has published a number of important articles in multidisciplinary journals (including International Journal of Epidemiology, Health Affairs, and Social Science & Medicine among others). Rodríguez is a leading scholar in the advancement of a “political epidemiology” approach to health inequality in the U.S. His research is among the first to identify the political causes and consequences of U.S. infant mortality, minorities’ excess mortality, and premature death among the poor and working-class individuals. Rodríguez has been recently awarded research grants from the Russell Sage Foundation, the Social Security Administration, and the National Institute on Aging to probe the mysteries of the recent halt to life expectancy gains across U.S. subpopulations, and the rise in educational and income inequality in life expectancy since 1990.