California and the Changing US Narrative on Diversity, Race and Health

The current narrative on diversity, race and health frames racial minority communities in three ways:

  • Diversity means health dysfunction
  • Social Determinants of Health---race, poverty and low education---are obstacles to good health
  • and that racial categories are hard-edged and binary.

An alternative narrative is emerging from the California experience with (62% diverse populations) that challenges the current narrative:

  • Diversity drives good health outcomes
  • Unexplored Social Determinants can facilitate good health

The Latino fuzzy-edged multivalent racial narrative may offer different ways to conceptualize California’s increasingly racially ambiguous population. Theory, method and data from current research that undergird the emerging alternative narrative on diversity, race and health will be shared.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Cole Hall Auditorium
513 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, California 94143

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Lisa Leiva,