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Metrics for Latino Wellness Management in an Increasingly Racially Ambiguous Population

David E. Hayes-Bautista, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health & Culture, UCLA

Friday, February 17, 2017
  4–5:30 p.m.

Location: Highlander Union Building 355
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Category: Seminar



by David E. Hayes-Bautista

ABSTRACT: Social determinants of health are increasingly used as a substitute for racial/ethnic categories commonly used to track health disparities in the United States. With a focus on Latino health outcomes, this presentation will provide a conceptual framework for how to think about and measure health disparities. Racial/ethnic categories have a very limited future in California. While it is estimated that less than 3% of the U.S. population is racially ambiguous, in California nearly 41% of the 2010 birth cohort (nearly 500,000 babies) is so racially ambiguous as to threaten the internal validity of measures used to predict future health disparities based on race/ethnicity.

SPEAKER BIO: David E. Hayes-Bautista is currently Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley, and completed his doctoral work in Basic Sciences at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. He served on the faculty at the School of Public Health at U.C. Berkeley until 1987, when he took his current position at UCLA. His research on the Latino Epidemiological Paradox led him to analyze linkages between culture, behavior, and health outcomes. His articles appear in journals ranging from Academic Medicine to Salud Pública de México. His research has expanded to include the emergence of Latino population and society in California during the Spanish colonial, Mexican Republic and U.S. statehood periods. A portion of his research appears in his recent book, El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition, published by the University of California Press in 2012. For the past five years, he has been chosen one of the 101 Top Leaders of the Latino Community in the U.S. by Latino Leaders Magazine. In 2012, he received the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Herbert W. Nickens Award for his lifelong concerns.

Open to: General Public
Admission: Free
Sponsor: School of Public Policy

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