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Environmental reproductive justice: Racial disparities in environmental pollution and chemical exposures
Mercredi 18 Novembre 2020 - 02:00pm - Mercredi 18 Novembre 2020 03:15pm

Racial and socioeconomic disparities in reproductive health have persisted in the US for many years—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Department of Health and Human Service, Black women have a 50% higher rate of preterm birth (1), a 60% higher chance of developing preeclampsia (2) and are twice as likely to experience the loss of a child compared to their White counterparts (3). Communities of color and low income communities have higher exposures to environmental chemicals and socioeconomic stressors, due to factors such as food and housing insecurity, poverty, lack of access to healthcare, and racism/discrimination. Drinking water contaminants, air pollution, and endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) ubiquitous in consumer products and the environment place an undue burden on vulnerable, populations of color which can increase the risk of poor reproductive health outcomes throughout life. Health impacts include early onset puberty, fetal development, preterm birth, low birth weight, infant mortality, and early menopause.

In the second webinar in the series, “Generation Chemical: How Environmental Exposures Are Affecting Reproductive Health and Development,” Tamarra James-Todd, PhD, MPH, Michael Bloom, PhD, MS, and Amy Padula, PhD, MSc, will present their research on environmental reproductive injustice.

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