MLK Opening Ceremony: Where Do We Go From Here: Racism, Public Health and Affordable Health Care

Jan 15, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Zoom


Jan 15, 2021 12:00 pm


Amey Owen

Dr. Myles D. Moody is an Assistant Professor for the Sociology Department at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Morehouse College 2013 prior to earning his Master of Arts degree in Sociology at the University of Memphis in 2015. Dr. Moody earned his PhD in Sociology from the University of Kentucky in May 2020. His research interests include: medical sociology, racism and health, mental health, racial disparities in health, and health equity. Dr. Moody’s current research examines how vicarious racism-related stress impacts the health of Black Americans.

Since W.E.B. Du Bois’ analysis of Black American life in the late 19th century, we have known that racial inequities in health are primarily socially determined. Social scientists and activists have all agreed that racism has largely driven the disparate health outcomes for groups along racial and ethnic lines. Although having access to a decent quality of life should be a basic human right, little progress has been made in eradicating these disparities. In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King had recognized residential segregation, unfair treatment by the healthcare system, and racism-related stress are three key factors that continue to contribute to this social issue. This talk examines how Black Americans and other minorities address health disparities.

Sponsors: African American Studies, Department of History, Department of Sociology, Department of Political Science, and Chief Diversity Officer

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