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Latinx Health Paradoxes, Resilience, and the Pursuit of Health Equity

January 13, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research is hosting a seminar at 12 p.m. on Thursday, January 13, as part of its Brown Bag Seminar Series.

“Latinx Health Paradoxes, Resilience, and the Pursuit of Health Equity”

Presented by John Ruiz, University of Arizona

John Ruiz is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona. He characterizes the topic of his presentation as follows: Despite disproportionate risk, Hispanic/Latinx populations generally experience better health and live longer than non-Hispanics (NH), including NH whites. This is an epidemiological phenomenon known as the Hispanic or Latino health paradox. Over the past decade, our work has helped to raise the profile of comparative Hispanic health and contributed to a significant change its characterization from disparity to paradoxical advantage. The CDC now reports a longevity advantage for Hispanics v. NH Whites as 3.3 years and rising. This change has altered perceptions of Hispanic health, opened the door to investigating the causes of resilience, and spurred interest in more tailored risk estimation models. It has also highlighted limitations of current deficit models, which are based solely on risk factors, and the need for a paradigm shift to asset models that incorporate resilience to more fully account for variance in outcomes.

Online via Zoom

Free and open to the public. Click here to join via Zoom (meeting ID: 961 7723 4659; passcode: 249828). For more information, contact Natalie Tuseth, Institute for Health, at 848-932-8413 or ntuseth@ifh.rutgers.edu.


January 13, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm