Online Program

Intersecting lives, intersecting health: Black/African American women's intersectionality and health through the prism of black/African American men's health

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Lisa Bowleg, M.A., Ph.D., Department of Psychology, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Theory and research on Black/African American women's health often neglects this reality: Black women's lives and health often intersect with that of the Black men in their lives. Black heterosexual and bisexual women live, work, socialize, worship and form romantic and sexual relationships in the same communities as Black men. Thus, intersectionality posits that multiple social identities at the micro level (i.e., intersections of race, gender, and SES) intersect with macro level structural factors (i.e., poverty, racism and sexism) to illustrate or produce disparate health outcomes underscores a critical need to advance knowledge about how social-structural factors yoke together the health of low-income Black men and women.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate, from an intersectionality perspective, how social-structural factors (e.g., incarceration, poverty and racial discrimination) adversely shape the health of Black/African American women and that of the men in their lives.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am/have been the PI of 3 NIH R01 grants focused on HIV prevention and Black heterosexual men and have published 4 peer-reviewed articles on the topic of intersectionality.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.