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Microbes and Social Equity Symposium 2021 Session 1: “Biopolitics and the human microbiome”

June 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

| Free

Session leaders: Michael Friedman and Sue Ishaq

The human microbiota is a mediator between social determinants of health and health outcomes. Social determinants, such as racism, sexism and social class position are power relations that shape human microbial communities by providing access and exposure to varying biological factors. In turn, shifts in such communities are associated with distinct health outcomes. This opening session will introduce the concept of microbes and social equity, and open the discussion on how to create change.

Session Speakers (some pending):

Kate Darling, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Maine, Augusta

“Advocating for COVID equity by addressing misinformation, mistrust, and lack of access during COVID-19”

Jessica Ottero, Ph.D., Community Health Education Specialist at Mayo Clinic

Prior to this session, you may want to watch these recorded talks:

  • “An Indigenous Micro- to Meta-Narrative: Microbes and Social Equity”, Dr. Nicole Redvers, ND, MPH. February 10, 2021.
  • “The Global Microbiome: microbes and public health beyond biology”, Dr. Amber Benezra, PhD. March 10, 2021.

Register for this session