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Public health professor addressed health disparities for Black women and infants

Lauri Andress

Lauri Andress, assistant professor in the School of Public, presented her research initiative on the health disparities for Black women and infants during the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum virtual presentation “Disparities in Health Care During the Pandemic” at Marshall University on Feb 10. 

Andress spoke in detail about her work related to understanding and ameliorating this glaring public health issue by better understanding the lived experiences over the life course of United States born Black and white mothers in West Virginia that impacts the ability of their infants to thrive. According to the most recent analysis of state level data, the Black infant mortality rate is twice that of white infants. 

Andress’ presentation starts around minute 29.