Stress and Health Disparities (English)

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A Public Health Seminar delivered by Eric G. Walsh, M.D., M.P.H., Monday, April 12, 2010

In the quest for understanding health disparities many explanations have been offered. One new and telling hypothesis is that certain groups of people carry a greater weight of stress proportional to the amount of protective factors offered them in society. Key attributes of this new model include introducing internalized hatred as a function of discrimination to increase allostatic load. While also looking at how lifestyle dampens or enhances allostatic loads affect on health outcomes. This new model might be used in the development of future research on allostatic load and health disparities. Using African Americans as an example this presentation seeks to make the connection between discrimination, stress and poor health outcomes.

Dr. Eric G. Walsh serves as the Interim Medical Director for Correctional Medical Services and continues to support Family Health Services as Medical Director for the County of Orange Health Care Agency in California. He received his Medical degree from University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. His current area of research is focused on allostatic load and its relation to health disparities. Dr. Walsh serves on the President’s Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS (PACHA) in Washington D.C. for the current White House administration. He also served on an advisory committee with the former Surgeon General David Satcher at Morehouse School of Medicine. He is an Executive Board Member of both MOMS Orange County and Latino Health Collaborative of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.