Health Disparities and Inequalities

Nov 8th, 6-9 pm: Von der Ahe Suite, Hannon Library
Moderator and Host: Rachel Washburn, Ph.D. Department of Sociology


From 6-7 pm there will be a talk by Heather Tarleton titled "Disparity in Access to Preventive Measures and Health Risk Assessments" followed by a short reception to enjoy food and drink.

Dr. Tarleton joined the Department of Health and Human Sciences at LMU in 2012. Her research focuses on cancer and chronic disease epidemiology, with an emphasis on potential interactions between genetic susceptibility, individual behaviors, and shared environments. She is formally trained in the life sciences as a molecular and developmental biologist and in public health as an epidemiologist. Her expertise includes application of science policy to improving the health of communities and bioethics.


Beginning at 7:30 pm there will be a film viewing of Unnatural Causes, followed by a discussion led by Rachel Washburn.

Unnatural Causes is the acclaimed documentary series broadcast by PBS and now used by thousands of organizations around the country to tackle the root causes of our alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health.

Rachel Washburn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at LMU. She received her Ph.D. in 2009 in medical sociology from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Washburn's research explores the historical development and contemporary politics of techniques used to measure environmental chemicals in human fluids and tissues. She has published in Social Science and Medicine and International Journal of Drug Policy. At LMU, Dr. Washburn teaches courses on environmental sociology, science and society, and medical sociology.