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This seminar series is part of the Drexel FIRST Program, an NIH-funded research initiative focused on fostering inclusive excellence in health disparities research. The goal of the seminar series is to provide a forum to discuss and debate exciting work and ideas related to understanding the drivers of health inequities and intervening to eliminate them. Below is a brief bio of this year's speakers:

Dr. Carolyn Fang, Professor, and associate Director for Population Science at the Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple Health will be one of our first speakers this school year. Her research areas include Psychosocial and behavioral factors associated with cancer prevention, risk management and survivorship. Dr. Fang’s research engages community-based interventions to address cancer health disparities in Asian Americans. This talk is scheduled for November 30th 2023.

Our next scheduled speaker is Dr. Mahasin Mujahid. Dr. Mujahid is an associate professor of Epidemiology at UC Berkley. Her research is devoted to topics of neighborhood health effects, cardiovascular health disparities, and racial/ ethnic inequities over the life course. This talk is scheduled for February 15th, 2024.

Dr. Janelle Goodwill is our last speaker of this series. Dr. Goodwill is an associate professor of Social Work, Policy, and Practice at the University of Chicago. Her research centers the mental health experiences of Black Americans, with a focus on Suicide prevention and mental health promotion. Janelle additionally explores help-seeking, coping, and social support as protective factors against adverse outcomes. This talk is scheduled for May 23rd, 2024.

More details to come!

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