Disparate Exposures, Disparate Outcomes: The Effect of Accumulated Disadvantage

VIRTUAL TALK

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Disparate Exposures, Disparate Outcomes: The Effect of Accumulated Disadvantage

VIRTUAL TALK

Dr. Mercedes Bravo’s research investigates the effects of environmental and social exposures, and combinations of exposures, on health and developmental outcomes. She is particularly interested in how social and environmental exposures may accrue disproportionately to specific subpopulations, potentially contributing to health disparities. Previously, Dr. Bravo has led research estimating air pollution exposure and associations with cardiovascular and respiratory-related hospitalizations across more than 700 communities in the US. She also examined co-location of adverse exposures, including a study of disparities in air pollution exposure, racial residential segregation, and urbanicity that was highlighted in The Atlantic article, “Trump’s EPA Concludes Environmental Racism is Real” (February 2018). In this presentation, she will discuss her research examining relationships between neighborhood-level exposures and risk of chronic disease, such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension, in Durham, North Carolina. She will also present on current projects, including research on air pollution exposure and pregnancy outcomes in maternal siblings, and associations between social and environmental exposures across an individual’s life course and standardized test scores in children across North Carolina.

Biography

Mercedes Bravo received her PhD from Yale University in 2014, where she studied Epidemiology and Environmental Science. After completing her PhD, she was a Post-doctoral Fellow with the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative at the University of Michigan and a Research Scientist with the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative and Statistics Department at Rice University. She is currently an Epidemiologist at RTI International in Durham, North Carolina. The over-arching theme of Dr. Bravo’s research is the use of innovative geospatial and statistical analysis methods to study relationships between environmental exposures, social stressors, and disease, especially diseases characterized by health disparities. Dr. Bravo aims to produce policy-relevant research that can inform disease prevention/management efforts and promote health equity.

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