NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series – February 2014

In commemoration of Black History Month, the National Institutes of Health welcomes Dr. David H. Chae as the speaker for the NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series on February 20, 2014.

The health disparities between African Americans and other racial groups are significant and especially apparent in life expectancy, death rates, infant mortality and other health status measures. For example, African-American men can expect to live approximately six years less than white men—69.7 years versus 75.7 years, and they suffer from aging-related illnesses at younger ages compared to whites. African Americans also experience racial discrimination in work, housing, education, public settings, encounters with law enforcement, or in their daily activities. These myriad forms of racial discrimination are stressful and have a tangible impact on the health of African Americans. New research indicates that the psychosocial and physiological stress caused by racism may accelerate aging at the biological level. (Click here for abstract)

In his presentation, Dr. David H. Chae will describe social and psychobiological pathways of embodiment linking racism and health. He also will discuss his research on racism at the area-level and disparities in Black-White mortality, his findings on racial discrimination and cardiovascular disease, and his studies integrating the role of internalized racism as a risk factor for aging at the cellular level.

Dr. David H. Chae is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. His research focuses on how dimensions of racism generate racial disparities in health. He also studies how racism at the area-level impacts health and mortality. Dr. Chae is currently the principal investigator of a K01 career development award from the National Institute on Aging to study links between racial minority stress and risk factors for accelerated biological aging. He was a W.K. Kellogg Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco. Dr. Chae earned a doctoral degree in Social Epidemiology at Harvard University and an MA in Psychology from Columbia University Teachers College.

Presentation Title:

Sick and Tired (Because) of Racism: Socio-Psychobiological Pathways of Embodiment

Guest Speaker:

David H. Chae, ScD, MA (Click here for bio)
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
University of Maryland School of Public Health
College Park, MD


Thursday, February 20, 2014
3:00 – 4:30 P.M.

Seminar Video Recording:

Click here to view February's video recorded seminar.


NIH Campus
Natcher Conference Center, Conference Rooms E1 & E2
45 Center Drive 
Bethesda, MD

Additional Information:

There is limited parking on the NIH campus. The closest Metro is Medical Center. Please allow adequate time for security check. The seminar will be video cast and made available in the NIH Video archives and on the NIMHD website after the seminar. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to participate should contact Edgar Dews at 301-402-1366 or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.