The COVID-19 pandemic brought about an increase in consciousness of the health disparities that plague the United States. Studies reveal that racial and ethnic minorities are at an increased risk of contracting and dying from various acute and chronic diseases, including breast cancer, the focus of this work. It is increasingly evident that research must be conducted to elucidate how socio-structural determinants “above the skin” influence biological mechanisms “under the skin” and drive disparities. The recognition of the oneness of mankind will require on-going discourse around approaches to achieve health equity and justice.
Dr. Jasmine Miller-Kleinhenz holds a PhD in Cancer Biology from Emory University and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. Her research focuses on investigating the impact of neighborhood-level structural inequities on the tumor epigenome and as a potential driver of breast cancer outcome disparities. She is interested in conducting research at the intersections of molecular biology, epigenetics, and epidemiology to generate insights that can contribute to understanding the social and molecular underpinnings of health disparities.
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