Tyson Brown receives RWJF pilot grant to study the intersections of Race/Ethnicity, Gender and Class on Chronic Disease

Tyson Brown, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University, recently received a pilot grant through the RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College.  His study entitled, “The Intersection of Race/Ethnicity, Gender and Class on Chronic Disease and Disability Trajectories” integrates life course and intersectionality perspectives to examine the joint and simultaneous impacts of race/ethnicity, gender and social class on health trajectories. First, the study investigate how age-trajectories of chronic conditions and disability vary between white, black and Mexican American men and women. Do race/ethnicity, gender and class combine in an additive or multiplicative fashion to shape health trajectories?  Do health inequalities increase, remain stable or decrease with age? Second, the study examines whether patterns of health inequality are explained by racial/ethnic/gender differences in childhood and adult socioeconomic status, health behaviors, and health care access and utilization. His article recent article, “Understanding How Race/Ethnicity and Gender Define Age-trajectories of Disability: An Intersectionality Approach” was published in Social Science & Medicine. Findings from this study will provide health policy-relevant information for improving health among vulnerable groups and eliminating health disparities.

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