Upcoming Talks on Health and Race Disparities

Medicine and Society students will find the following two talks of great interest…

These seminars will be given by Sharon and Craig Ramey, both from the Virginia Tech Carilion Institute.  The Rameys knew Martin Luther King and have been devoted much of their careers to addressing the problems of health and race disparities in the U.S.

The first talk, entitled” Poverty, Biology, and Health: Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” will be presented as a seminar in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavioral Biology series on Thursday, January 22, 3:30 p.m. in the Fralin Life Science Institute Auditorium.  In this seminar the Rameys will present recent findings from their research on the intergenerational and lifelong effects of impoverished environments, and the extent to which systematic, theory-driven interventions can improve health outcomes.

The second talk “The Civil Rights of Health, Education, and Biology: MLK’s Enduring Legacy,” is more general.  It will place on Friday, January 23, 12:20 p.m. in the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Auditorium as part of the Virginia Tech Life Science Series.

Why is eliminating health and educational disparities a crucial goal for the future of our nation? After reviewing historical scientific findings about the impact of race and poverty on the life course, Drs. Sharon and Craig Ramey will propose a new national agenda that links education and health as the most compelling ways to overcome the entrenched inequities and health disparities that endure as a legacy of racism and classism. The Rameys will also discuss specific “actionable knowledge” that can form a basis for how the Virginia Tech community can become engaged at all levels.