Virtual Book Chat with author Dr. Nadine Finigan-Carr & special guest Dr. Richard Lofton
Thursday, July 30
4:00-5:00 PM ET
Join us for a Virtual Book Chat on health disparities and educational inequities with Institute faculty, Dr. Nadine Finigan-Carr, author of Linking Health and Education for African American Students’ Success, and Dr. Richard Lofton, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Education.
Publication: Linking Health and Education for African American Students' Success examines health disparities and education inequities simultaneously and moves beyond a basic understanding of health and education in K-12 school programs. The structural inequalities which lead to reduced academic attainment mirror the social determinants of health. Education is one of the most powerful determinants of health, and disparities in educational achievement as a result of structural inequalities closely track disparities in health. These disparities lead to both sub-standard healthcare and reduced academic attainment among children from underserved minorities in the United States, especially African Americans.
Author: Nadine Finigan-Carr, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor & Assistant Director, Ruth Young Center for Maryland, Institute for Innovation & Implementation, University of Maryland School of Social Work
Nadine Finigan-Carr is a prevention research scientist focused on the application of behavioral and social science perspectives to research on contemporary health problems, especially those which disproportionately affect people of color. In this position, she is the Principal Investigator of research projects at both the state and federal levels designed to intervene with system-involved youth—those in foster care or the juvenile justice system, for example. She was recently awarded a grant from the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime to improve statewide coordination and multi-disciplinary collaboration in responding to human trafficking involving children and youth.
Moderator: Richard Lofton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Center for the Social Organization of Schools & Johns Hopkins University School of Education
Richard Lofton, Jr. is co-principal investigator for the national evaluation of the Student Success Mentor Initiative. The initiative aims to reduce chronic absenteeism, develop caring relationships within schools, and increase successful outcomes for students. His research examines the importance of uncovering systemic inequalities, illuminating agency and developing meaningful relationships with students and their parents for academic success.