The Contribution of Social and Environmental Determinants of Health to Racial Differences in Preterm Birth Risk

Julia Brittain

Preterm birth is 1.5 times prevalent in Black American women than White Americans and contributes to 2.3 times more Black American infant deaths than white American infant deaths. Currently, multiple lines of evidence indicate that social inequities play a significant role in racial health disparities, including preterm birth (PTB) rates. This research aims to investigate the relationship between Social and Environmental Determinants of Health (SEDH) and preterm birth within a cohort of Black and White women in Richmond, Virginia. Through investigating the racial disparities in access to SEDHs and its corresponding impacts on preterm birth, systemic racial inequality can be contextualized within the field of reproductive outcomes.

Department:

Biology, Sociology

Mentor(s):

Timothy York, Rick Mayes