CPC Fellow Kaufman interviewed about race and health disparities

Jun 10, 2008

CPC Fellow Jay Kaufman gave a presentation at the Texas Conference on Health Disparities and an article about his presentation appeared in the Fort Worth Business Press.

From the article: 

"Two sessions in particular, "What Would a Race-Specific Drug Look Like?" and "Race, Biology and Health," pointed out that one of the central debates in researching health disparities is how to define various groups who are treated differently. Jay Kaufman, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, gave the first presentation, followed by Michael Miller, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. Whether people are classified by race or by ethnicity (and what exactly those terms mean), it's still undetermined how much a person's race should factor into their health care. One thing is certain, said Kaufman: Health care workers carry the same stereotypes that people in other sectors carry with them."

"Sometimes clinical judgments are shaded by stereotypes we have in the nonscientific world," he said.

Source: Health Disparities conference draws crowd Fort Worth Business Press (June 9, 2008)

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