Jan 6, 2022: Disparate Exposures, Disparate Outcomes: Environmental and Neighborhood Conditions

Seminar speaker, Mercedes A. Bravo, PhD, Duke University

Mercedes A Bravo, PhD

Assistant Research Professor

Duke Global Health Institute

Duke University

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It is widely agreed that health and well-being are determined by multiple forces, acting across the life course, yet surprisingly little is known about the interactions of these forces. In particular, environmental exposures that are harmful to health and development, such as lead or air pollution, may be elevated in communities experiencing a multitude of other disadvantages. In this seminar, Dr. Bravo will discuss her research investigating relationships between lead exposure, neighborhood racial segregation, and cognitive outcomes in North Carolina.

About the Speaker: Dr. Mercedes Bravo joined the Duke Global Health Institute as an Assistant Research Professor in September 2020. Dr. Bravo received her PhD from Yale University in New Haven, CT, and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Bravo’s research focuses on environmental exposures and social exposures, health, and health disparities. She is particularly interested in research that promotes health equity through better characterization of disparities in exposures and disparities in health outcomes, especially for underserved, underrepresented, and potentially vulnerable populations. Dr. Bravo has been Principal Investigator on grants from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Prior to joining DGHI, Dr. Bravo was an Epidemiologist at RTI International and Research Scientist with the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative and Statistics Department at Rice University in Houston, TX. 

Thursday, January 6, 12:00-1:15 pm Eastern


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