US environmental laws are cleaning up air. But benefits vary across racial groups, study finds
Poor air quality has been a major concern this year in New England, but a new Yale-led study is highlighting how certain racial groups have suffered disproportionate health impacts from air pollution for years.Source: Connecticut Public Radio
Environmental Injustice and Cumulative Environmental Burdens in Neighborhoods Near Oil and Gas Development: Los Angeles County, California, and Beyond
Residential proximity to oil and gas wells has been increasingly recognized to threaten the health and environmental quality of nearby communities.Source: American Journal of Public Health
Health inequities persist in Connecticut: 14,000 excess deaths among Black population
DataHaven’s new Health Equity in Connecticut 2023 report found that inequities resulted in 14,000 excess deaths among Connecticut’s Black population compared to its white demographic.Source: Connecticut Public Radio
Study: Black Medical Students Experience Higher Rates of Attrition Than Peers
A new study by Yale University finds that Black students are more likely to leave medical school than their white peers. The results of the study indicate an achievement gap in the bio-medicine field during a time when many universities are struggling to find new ways to diversify the field.Source: Diverse
History of Racism Leaves Black Californians Most at Risk from Oil and Gas Drilling, New Research Shows
Even as fossil fuel extraction declined in California, low-income, Black and Hispanic residents continued to face disproportionate risks from living near wells, and Black residents were exposed to the most intensive operations.Source: Inside Climate News
'Blackology': How can efforts around inclusivity in STEM fields go farther?
Of the millions of people working in STEM fields in the U.S., only 9% are Black, according to the Pew Research Center. Those numbers are "unchanged" since 2016. Yale public health professor Dr. Ijeoma Opara discusses her work to reduce racial health disparities, and to "strengthen the pipeline of Black youth to the field of public health research."Source: Connecticut Public Radio
“She is the best of us:” Ijeoma Opara and the power of health advocacy
From witnessing injustices faced by her parents to working as a therapist, YSPH assistant professor Ijeoma Opara's life experiences inspired her mission to reduce health disparities faced by Black communities.Source: Yale Daily News
Noted civil rights scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw receives Winslow Medal
Noted civil rights scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, left, receives the Yale School of Public Health's highest honor, the C.-E. A. Winslow Medal, from Interim Dean Melinda Pettigrew during a ceremony February 3 in Harkness Auditorium. Crenshaw, a law professor at both Columbia University and UCLA who coined and developed the fields of intersectionality and critical race theory, was honored for her work in intersectionality. She is the eighth recipient of the medal.