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Nam Lecture: "Spatial Disparities in Mortality"

Friday, October 6, 2017
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Broad Auditorium, Pepper Center
636 West Call St.

The Center for Demography and Population Health (CDPH) presents its annual Charles B. Nam Lecture in the Sociology of Population as part of the center's 50th anniversary celebration.

This year's featured speaker is Jeralynne (Lynne) Sittig Cossman, a medical sociologist and demographer who chairs the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University. Her talk is entitled "Spatial Disparities in Mortality: Where We've Been and Where We're Headed."

The lecture will look at life expectancy in various locations throughout the U.S. and how geography can foster inequalities that directly impact the mortality rates of a given location. She will also explore various approaches to research on the topic, both historically and what changes and new developments may be coming.

Cossman is an alum of the college. She received her B.S. ('90), M.S. ('92) and Ph.D. ('96) in sociology and worked closely with faculty of CDPH while a student.

Cossman has published in several sociology and interdisciplinary journals including the American Journal of Public Health, Social Problems, Health and Place, Population Research and Policy Review, Sociological Inquiry, and The Journal of Rural Health.

Her current research focuses on spatial concentrations of mortality and morbidity, the physician workforce, and fear of crime for vulnerable (e.g., sick, elderly) populations. Her research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

The lecture is free and open to all.