To Be Young, Gifted and Black…and Work in STEM

Social determinants of health describes how where we work, live, and play impact our health status and in particular makes certain groups sicker and die prematurely compared to more advantaged groups. These same determinants of health impact access into to STEM fields and the degree to which members of these groups can exert their agency in advancing work in their fields. The purpose of this presentation is to explore these topics interweaving personal experience, public health data, and a historical look at firsts in STEM fields.

Dr. Fleming is a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Public Health Service and serves as the dental epidemiology officer for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

She has conducted research on HIV/AIDS and STD related disparities, applying social determinants of health theories and models to better understand health inequities. She also conducted domestic and international epidemiological investigations related to syphilis prevention and control. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, presented at national and international conferences, and used to inform local public health policies.

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