Nancy Krieger - HBHE's 2005 Godfrey M. Hochbaum Distinguished Lecturer

January 25, 2005
Nancy Krieger, associate professor of Public Health in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and associate director of the Harvard Center for Society and Health, was this year’s Godfrey M. Hochbaum Distinguished Lecturer. On March 30th Dr. Krieger spoke on “Whose Health? Whose Behavior? – Agency, Accountability, and Health Inequities: An Ecosocial Perspective.”Dr. Krieger is a social epidemiologist with a background in biochemistry, philosophy of science, and the history of public health. She has twenty years of experience as an activist in issues involving social justice, science, and health. Her work focuses on three aspects of social inequalities in health: (a) etiologic studies on the determinants of health inequities, (b) methods for improving monitoring of social inequalities in health, and (c) development of theoretical frameworks, including ecosocial theory, to guide work on understanding and addressing health disparities. Examples of Dr. Krieger’s empirical work include: research on racism, discrimination and health, including blood pressure and birth outcomes; socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in breast cancer; and research on appropriate measures of social class (individual, household, and neighborhood), especially for population-based monitoring of social inequalities in health and also for studying women, gender, class, and health. Other work concerns history and politics of epidemiology and public health, including study and critique of theories that epidemiologists and others use to explain population patterns of health, disease, and well-being. Dr. Krieger is editor of Embodying Inequality: Epidemiologic Perspectives (Baywood Press, 2004) and co-editor, with Glen Margo, of AIDS: The Politics of Survival (Baywood Publishers, 1994), and, with Elizabeth Fee, of Women’s Health, Politics, and Power: Essays on Sex/Gender, Medicine, and Public Health (Baywood Publishers, 1994). In 1994 she co-founded, and still chairs, the Spirit of 1848 Caucus of the American Public Health Association, which is concerned with the links between social justice and public health.

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