Hi, I'm Kate.
Respectful, community-focused qualitative researcher and educator in public health.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health
Research Scientist, Department of Bioethics & Humanities
University of Washington
Masters in Maternal-Child Health Systems program
My CV is available at the link to the right:
Check out my publication, in JAMA!
We highlight the problems with characterizing health disparities as a problem for genomics research and technology to solve, and argue that the genomics literature uses the term "health disparities" in an idiosyncratic way, that leaves out the overwhelming effects of social determinants of health on health disparities.
"The source of this claim is an idiosyncratic usage of the term health disparities that may result in missed opportunities for the nation’s health research agenda. Health disparities are generally understood to refer to systematic differences in health effects resulting from social disadvantage, but the term is often used in genomics to refer to differing health outcomes associated with population genetic variation...The misunderstanding about the causes of health disparities leads to confusion about fruitful lines of research and potential remedies."