Dr. David R. Williams has played a visible national leadership role in raising awareness levels about health disparities and identifying interventions to address them. The author of more than 400 scientific papers, Williams developed the Everyday Discrimination Scale, which is currently one of the most widely used measures to assess perceived discrimination in health studies. He was ranked as the world's most cited black scholar in the social sciences in 2008, and Thomson Reuters ranked him as one of the world's most influential scientific minds in 2014.
Williams is currently the Norman Professor of Public Health at Harvard's T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University. He holds an MPH degree from Loma Linda University and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan.
The PBS New Hour segement highlights scientifie evidence in both medicine and socilogy that links disparities in health to racism in America. The intereviews include comments from a variety of experts from several prestigous academic institutions in the United States. Don't miss their insights.
The segment from CBS news below highlights neighborhood interventions to improve community helath. Successful interventions depend on trust relationships between the community and the health care system. View this report to better understand one of the barries to addressing health disparities; don't miss the emphasis on long-term chronic stress that is also highlighted in the PBS News Hour segment above.
This Zoom Panel presentation and discussion feature Garnet Coleman, Texas State Representative, Drs. L. Woodard MD, MPH and Ezemenari Obasi, PhD from the University of Houston College of Medcine and Education explaining the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in communities living with health disparities and their underlying causes. (Dr. Woodards portion of the presentation focuses on the social determinants of health. Dr. Obasi examines the impact of chronic stress on health and health disparities in Black Americans secondary to longstanding reacism in America.)
This report details the relationship between financial resoruces and a variety of outcome including health, educational achievement and overall quality of life irrespective of race or ethnicity. The report also addresses long-term implications for the US Ecomony and Health Care System as well as suggesting changes in policy that may improve outcomes.