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How Can Psychologists Help Reduce Health Disparities in America?

2014 APA Annual Convention


Presenter David Williams, PhD, of Harvard University explained that these striking racial disparities often occur because health is affected not only by their current socio-economic status (SES), but also by exposure to adversity over their entire lives.

“Those African American college-educated women are more likely to be the first generation to attend college, they’re more likely to be born poor and of low birth weight, with less access to nutrition and medical care,” Williams said.

Psychologists have a key role to play in developing interventions to mitigate…

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