Belinda L. Needham

Maternal Exposure to Vicarious Structural Racism and Newborn Health Disparities in Michigan: The Flint Water Crisis

Research Project Description
Belinda L. Needham, Anita M. Malone, Jonathan Leigh Zelner

Disparities in newborn health are large and persistent, but they remain poorly understood. The proposed study will address a critical gap in the literature by examining vicarious structural racism as a mechanism underlying these disparities, with a focus on the consequences of indirect exposure to the FWC for the health of women and infants in Michigan. By identifying multi-level sources of resilience to vicarious structural racism, the proposed study will provide information necessary for the development of evidence-based policies and interventions to reduce the harmful intergenerational effects of vicarious structural racism on the health of African Americans in the US.

Funding:
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
(1R21MD0126831)

Funding Period: 9/1/2018 to 3/31/2020

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