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HETSS & Rangell Social Medicine Grand Rounds - "The Fundamental Cause Theory of Health Inequalities: An Overview & Application" - Bruce Link, PhD

Title: HETSS & Rangell Social Medicine Grand Rounds - "The Fundamental Cause Theory of Health Inequalities: An Overview & Application" - Bruce Link, PhD
Date & Time: Jan 28, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Zoom
 

HETSS & Rangell Social Medicine Grand Rounds

The Fundamental Cause Theory of Health Inequalities: An Overview & Application

Bruce Link, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Public Policy &
Sociology at University of California Riverside
Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology &
Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University

Zoom – https://uclahs.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUuduyoqD0sHdVD37vAdaMplitTKo2dkSxP
Contact – hetss@mednet.ucla.edu

 
Fundamental cause theory seeks to explain why distributions of disease and death are so consistently mal-distributed across racial and socioeconomic hierarchies. Even as risk and protective factors change, even as the diseases afflicting humans vary, some “causes” consistently re-emerge.  We call these causes “fundamental” causes and identify class inequality, racism, and stigmatization as such fundamental causes. The talk will review this theory, take stock of evidence bearing on the theory and attend to current circumstances in which some of its principles are reflected. We will explore whether the theory applies to the spread of COVID and whether it can have any bearing on why explanations for health disparities so commonly focus on the characteristics of those downwardly located in racial and socioeconomic hierarchies and much less commonly on the behavior of those who oppress them.

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