Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D., will present “Explaining Health Disparities: Place is more important than race, but race matters, too” on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. at the McKnight Brain Institute, DeWeese Auditorium, as part of the PHHP Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series.
LaVeist is the director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions and the William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy at Johns Hopkins University. His research and writing have focused on three broad themes: the social and behavioral factors that predict the timing of various related health outcomes, the social and behavioral factors that explain race differences in health outcomes, and the impact of social policy on the health and quality of life of African Americans. In his research, LaVeist seeks to develop an orienting framework in the development of policy and interventions to address race disparities in health-related outcomes.
He is the recipient of the “Innovation Award” from the National Institutes of Health, and the “Knowledge Award” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health.
LaVeist’s lecture is hosted by the college’s department of clinical and health psychology and the PHHP Diversity Taskforce. The lecture is free and open to the public. The College of Public Health and Health Professions’ Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series brings some of the nation’s top health professions and public health researchers to the University of Florida campus.