Embodied Inequality: Unpacking the Impact of Race & Racism on Health
Structural Competency: A New Paradigm for Addressing Race and Racisms in Medicine
When: October 19, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Where: UIC College of Pharmacy, Auditorium Room 134-2
833 S. Wood St.
About the Talk
The “cultural competency” approach and other medical models that emphasize cross-cultural understanding of patients are limited. Many health-related factors previously attributed to culture or ethnicity in interactions between doctors and patients also represent the downstream consequences of decisions about larger structural contexts, such as impoverished transit or food delivery systems, oppressive zoning decisions, or the pernicious effects of institutional racisms. This talk will focus on how the “structural competency” model and movement offers a new paradigm and approach to healthcare that can address the biological, socioeconomic, and racial impacts of upstream decisions on structural factors such as expanding health and wealth disparities.
About the Speaker
Jonathan Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, and the Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, at Vanderbilt University. A 2008 Guggenheim fellow, Professor Metzl has written extensively for medical, psychiatric, and popular publication. His books include The Protest Psychosis, Prozac on the Couch, and Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality.
About the Series
Building on important work that has documented extensive health disparities, this inter-disciplinary lecture series will explore why race is so consequential for health outcomes. Sessions will focus on a range of topics including how race matters for access to healthcare and healthcare delivery, how structural and interpersonal racism impact mental, emotional, and physical health, and how scholars, practitioners, and community groups can intervene to improve health outcomes for vulnerable communities.