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FSPH's Prof. Gilbert Gee presents on "Xenophobia, Racism, and Health in Immigrant Communities" at AAAS event

The American Association for the Advancement of Science asked Gilbert Gee, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of community health sciences, to present on "Xenophobia, Racism, and Health in Immigrant Communities" in August as part of the AAAS's regular "SciLine" series of expert panels for the media and general public.

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Thursday, August 27, 2020
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The American Association for the Advancement of Science asked Gilbert Gee, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of community health sciences, to present on "Xenophobia, Racism, and Health in Immigrant Communities" in August as part of the association's regular "SciLine" series of expert panels for the media and general public.

At the Aug. 27 "SciLine" event, Gee focused on the impact of allostatic load, the impact that stress - in this case arising from racial discrimination - contributes to wear and tear on individuals' bodies.

"We know that people with more education and more income tend to be healthier than people with fewer privileges," Gee said. "Health isn't simply about your behaviors and your health care; it's also what the researchers call social determinants, all these upstream factors that play an important role in our health and well-being, and unfortunately, prejudice, racism, discrimination are part of these social determinants."

His research focuses on the social determinants of health inequities of racial, ethnic, and immigrant minority populations using a multi-level and life course perspective. A primary line of his research focuses on conceptualizing and measuring racial discrimination, and in understanding how discrimination may be related to illness. He has also published more broadly on the topics of stress, neighborhoods, immigration, environmental exposures, occupational health, and on Asian American populations. Gee was the past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

At the event, Gee spoke along with Georgiana Bostean, associate professor at Chapman University, and Goleen Samari, assistant professor at Columbia University. Samari earned a Ph.D. in public health ('15) and an M.P.H. in community health sciences ('10) from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Gee's presentation begins at 34:26:

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