Episode 121: Social Determinants of Health

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our country has been forced to have open conversations about the role of structural racism on health disparities within the African American community. Today, we touch on that subject by interviewing Dr. Kaleea Lewis, a postdoctoral fellow in the Dept. of Public Health and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri. During the episode, we discuss the importance of exploring issues of race in public health (43:30), myths and misconceptions about race and public health (44:25), how racism operates as a social determinant of health (45:45), and solutions to racial disparities in mental health outcomes (48:05). We also have a conversation about Dr. Lewis’ research on perceptions of victim responsibility in sexual assault (50:12), her approach to exploring public health issues (53:02), and her work on how African American women perceive information related to breast cancer and its relationship to the environment (54:42). We close the interview by discussing Dr. Lewis’ emerging research projects (56:50), the role of physicians in perpetuating racial inequality (58:30), how politicians fall short when discussing public health (1:01:20), and public health issues that deserve more attention (1:03:45).

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch Up with Ty and Daphne

03:03 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

22:55 - Black Representation in the Media

33:25 - BhD’s “Most Dangerous” Person of the Week

38:38 - Introduction of the Topic

41:15 - Learn More about Dr. Kaleea Lewis


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