The Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce its 21st Annual Horace W. Davenport Lecture in the Medical Humanities. This year’s lecture,”Weathering Racialization, Exploitation, Tenacity and Hope: Implications for Population Health Equity,” will be presented by Dr. Arline Geronimus, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Associate Director and Research Professor at the Population Studies Center at the U-M Institute for Social Research.
An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, Dr. Geronimus received her undergraduate degree in Political Theory from Princeton University, her doctorate in Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard School of Public Health and did postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Geronimus originated an analytic framework for understanding entrenched population health inequities she calls “weathering.” Weathering is a structurally-rooted biopsychosocial framework focusing on how dynamic social processes of racialization and of class or cultural oppression accelerate the biological aging of marginalized groups. It considers the role of the societal patterning of adverse harmful exposures and also the collective strategies marginalized communities employ to mitigate, resist, or undo the harmful effects of these systemic exposures; the trade-offs these strategies reflect; and the perturbations public policies sometimes cause in these autonomous protections.
Please join us for this important lecture from one of the luminaries in the field of health equity and health disparities.
Date and Time: TBD (Fall 2022)