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January 2018

Chenoa Flippen, University of Pennsylvania

January 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA United States

“The Uphill Climb: A Transnational Perspective on Wealth Accumulation among Latino Immigrants in Durham, NC” Abstract: Wealth accumulation is a key dimension of ethno-racial stratification, and, among immigrants, an important indicator of incorporation.  Dramatically low assets among immigrant Latinos is thus a pressing concern, necessitating a better understanding of the social forces that shape wealth assimilation.  Drawing on a survey of Latino immigrants in Durham, NC, I argue for the importance of a transnational perspective on wealth for immigrant populations.  Nationally…

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Doug Massey, Princeton University

January 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4240 Public Affairs Building, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States Los Angeles, CA United States

“Train Wreck: US Immigration and Border Policy 1965-2010” Abstract: Despite the massive increase in border enforcement after 1986, undocumented population growth did not decrease, but rose. In this talk I undertake a systematic analysis of border enforcement as a policy for immigration control. Empirical results explain not only why it failed, but how and why it backfired. In the end, the militarization of the border did not increase the probability of apprehension at the border or reduce the likelihood of unauthorized…

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December 2017

Using Smartphones and Wearables for Public Health Insight: A Hands-On Introduction

December 13, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Abstract: Acquisition of evidence-based understanding of human health behavior and exposure to environments forms a central focus of health research, and a critical prerequisite for effective health policy. The use of mobile devices to study health behavior via cross-linked sensor data and on-device self-reporting and crowdsourcing offer compelling advantages to complement traditional techniques. Data collected on such devices can be particularly powerful in supporting understanding of health behaviors in areas where accurate self-reporting is difficult, including nutritional intake, physical activity…

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Dynamic modeling for health in the age of big data

December 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Abstract: Traditional approaches to public health concerns have conferred great advances in the duration and quality of life. Public health interventions – from improved sanitation efforts, to vaccination campaigns, to contact tracing and environmental regulations – have helped reduce common risks to health throughout many areas of the world. Unfortunately, while traditional methods from the health sciences have proven admirably suited for addressing traditional challenges, a troubling crop of complex health challenges confront the nation and the world, and threaten…

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November 2017

Jessica Ho, USC

November 29, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Contemporary Trends in American Mortality: International Comparisons and Emerging Challenges” Abstract: The decades surrounding the turn of the 21st century have been a challenging period for American mortality. The United States is currently facing a large-scale opioid epidemic, and life expectancy barely increased between 2010 and 2015. This talk will cover various dimensions of contemporary trends in American mortality including the contribution of drug overdose to educational gradients in life expectancy, an analysis of the contemporary drug overdose epidemic in international…

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Jennifer Skeem, UC Berkeley

November 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“’What works’ for justice-involved people with mental illness” Abstract:  Each year, over 2 million people with serious mental illness are booked into U.S. jails. These people typically stay longer in jail than those without mental illness—and, upon release, are more likely to be reincarcerated. Today, over 300 counties have resolved to “step up” their efforts to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jail. In this presentation, I highlight research on “what works” to reduce re-offending among justice-involved…

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Victoria Baranov, University of Melbourne

November 8, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Mental health and women’s choices. Experimental evidence from a Randomized Control Trial. “ Abstract: We evaluate the long-term impact of treating maternal depression on women’s financial empowerment and parenting decisions by exploiting experimental variation induced by a cluster-randomized control trial which provided psychotherapy to perinatally depressed mothers in rural Pakistan. The trial, which is the largest psychotherapy trial in the world, was highly successful at reducing depression rates of mothers. We relocate mothers 6 years after the intervention concluded to evaluate the…

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Rodrigo Soares, Columbia University

November 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Does Universalization of Health Work? Evidence from Health Systems Restructuring and Maternal and Child Health in Brazil“ Abstract: We investigate restructuring of the health system in Brazil motivated to operationalize universal health coverage. Using administrative data from multiple sources and an event study approach that exploits the staggered rollout of programmatic changes across municipalities, we find large reductions in maternal, foetal, neonatal and postneonatal mortality, and fertility. We document increased prenatal care visits, hospital births and other maternal and child hospitalization,…

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October 2017

Mark Kaplan, UCLA

October 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Title: The Impact of Socioenvironmental Stressors on Alcohol-Linked Suicides: A Nationwide Postmortem Study” Abstract: Not only is suicide a major public health problem, but also, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8,179 deaths and 273,206 years of potential life lost resulted from alcohol attributable suicides in 2006-10 (the latest years available). Since 2011, Professor Kaplan and his colleagues have worked with the National Violent Death Reporting System Restricted Access Database on two projects funded by the National Institute…

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David Chae, Auburn University

October 18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Getting Under the Skin: Socio-Psychobiological Pathways and Racial Disparities in Health.“ Abstract: Racism is physically embodied through social, behavioral, and psychobiological mechanisms. In this talk, David H. Chae, will discuss the utility of a social-ecological and developmental lens to examine how racism is biologically embedded. He will discuss his research on multiple levels of racism and the channels through which they compromise health throughout the lifecourse. More on Prof. Chae

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