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Media Advisory: Where We Live Affects our Health and Offers an Approach To Address Health Inequities

Dr. Shannon Zenk, Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research to speak

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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WHAT:

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), part of the National Institutes of Health, presents the 2020 Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Therapies: “All Health Is Not Created Equal: Where You Live Matters” by Shannon N. Zenk, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., F.A.A.N., Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).

Social and economic factors, such as where a person lives, have powerful influences on people’s health. This applies to things such as access to healthy food, housing conditions, and availability of green space. Such factors affect risk of exposure and susceptibility to many diseases and conditions, including COVID-19, as well as a number of other health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.

Dr. Zenk will bring a unique perspective as a registered nurse and a leading population health scientist. In her presentation, she will explore the science behind social determinants of health and demonstrate how vital effective integrative or multilevel approaches are when addressing health and health inequities. She will also share how to better understand what affects people’s health and drives health disparities, and ultimately how to develop effective interventions to improve public health and eliminate inequities.

NCCIH’s annual Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Therapies honors the founding director of NCCIH, Stephen E. Straus. M.D. (19462007) and features leading figures in science and medicine. The series is supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health with a generous gift from Bernard and Barbro Osher.

WHEN:

“All Health Is Not Created Equal: Where You Live Matters”

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Noon–1 p.m. ET

HOW:

Register to attend: https://bit.ly/32E0N0K

MEDIA:

For members of the media interested in covering the lecture, please contact the NCCIH press office at 301-496-7790 or nccihpress@mail.nih.gov

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