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UBC researcher to discuss applying 'intersectional' approach to study of health disparities

17 Nov 2010

Gerry Veenstra, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, will deliver a seminar on Nov. 23 as part of his visit to McMaster University.

Entitled ‘Race,’ class, gender, and sexuality: Intersectionality theory and health inequities in Canada, the seminar will be held in CRL B-119 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Veenstra is also an associate member in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC.

His seminar will focus on a research project which involved applying an “intersectional” approach to an examination of health disparities by race, class, gender and sexual orientation.

Intersectionality theory was developed by American Black feminist and anti-racist scholars, and focuses on the interconnectedness of racism, classism, sexism and heterosexism. It has the potential to provide a mobilizing narrative for the critical population health community in Canada, but to date, only a few quantitative studies have used concepts from this theory to predict or attempt to explain health disparities.

Veenstra’s study is designed to provide new information about the nature of health inequities in Canada, and what might be done to mitigate them.

Veenstra earned both his master’s degree and PhD in sociology from McMaster University. His research and teaching focus on social determinants of health, social inequality and health, and quantitative methods.

All are welcome to attend the seminar.

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