4235.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

Live Satellite Broadcast: Health Disparities--Contributions from Social and Physical Environments

This session will present an overview of the underlying mechanisms by which the interaction of social and physical environments leads to health disparities.The social environment includes individual and community-level characteristics, e.g., socioeconomic status (SES), education, coping resources and support systems, residential factors, cultural variables, institutional and political forces such as racism and classism, familial factors, and media influences. The physical environment includes physical agents (e.g., radiation), chemical agents (e.g., pesticides), and biological agents (e.g., pathogens), to which individuals are exposed in a multitude of settings, including home, school, and workplace. Health status may be viewed as the accumulation of risk from multiple, interacting social and physical environmental exposures occurring over time. Presentations in this session will address how social and physical environmental agents contribute to disparities in health among the U.S. population and current approaches to reducing these disparities
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Presider(s):Allen Dearry, PhD
2:30 PMHow Socioeconomic Status Operates Through the Environment to Influence Health
Nancy E Adler, PhD
2:50 PMInvesting in Social Capital to Improve Public Health
Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD
3:10 PMEnvironmental Toxicants and Children's Health
Frederica P Perera, PhD
3:30 PMApproaches to Health Disparity Research at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Allen Dearry, PhD
3:50 PMPart II: Taped Broadcast of the Annual Meeting Keynote Address
4:10 PMKeynote Presenter: Scott Harshbarger, President and CEO, Common Cause

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA