Using Historic Maps in Studies of Structural Racism and Population Health with Helen Meier (Virtual Event)

July 12, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Racism is considered a fundamental cause of health inequities, but research on structural racism and health has been limited by lack of data. Since Mapping Inequality digitized New Deal-era redlining maps from the Home Owners' Loan Corporation, there has been an explosion of research examining historic redlining and present-day neighborhood environmental hazards and health. Helen Meier will discuss the application of HOLC maps in population health research and new efforts to characterize historic environmental hazards using the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps. 

Maps from the Past Series poster with headshot of speaker Helen Meier and the title of the series and talk

About the Speaker: 

Helen C.S. Meier is an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. She examines the structural, social and environmental determinants of health and health inequities across the life course. Her overall goal is to understand how social vulnerabilities become biological vulnerabilities resulting in health disparities.

This summer, CURA and The Research Commons are hosting a series of presentations featuring scholars engaged in research with historical maps to illuminate the links between urban challenges and impacts old and new.

This event is approved for 1 AICP CM credit. To claim your CM credits, log into your My APA account on the APA website and enter the event into your online CM event log.

This presentation will touch upon GIS&T Body of Knowledge topics and counts towards the education portion of the GISP portfolio.

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