What’s Making Us Sick? Race, discrimination and the deterioration of immigrants’ health advantage

									Stefani Aleman |
																			February 24, 2019

The Sociology Department will be hosting a highly relevant workshop next Monday. It is free and open to the general public. Take this opportunity to explore the association between discrimination and health for immigrants.

Click to register for the free workshop.


Zoua M. Vang, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept of Sociology

Associate Member, Dept of Obstetrics & Gynecology

McGill University

In North America, immigrants tend to be healthier than the native-born population, a phenomenon known as the healthy immigrant effect (HIE). However, as immigrants settle in their new country, their health advantage wanes, resulting sometimes in worse health outcomes than native-born residents.  There are many explanations for why immigrants become less healthy over time (e.g., dietary assimilation, adopting sedentary lifestyles, etc.). But such cultural explanations overlook an important reality of many immigrants’ lived experiences: racism and discrimination. This workshop will explore the association between discrimination and health for immigrants in North America, with a focus on the role of implicit bias and stereotypes.


At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the HIE in North America
  • Identify the biosocial pathways whereby discrimination is harmful to immigrants’ health and well-being
  • Explore ways that implicit racial bias and stereotypes affect immigrants’ access to healthcare

Date: Monday, March 4, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: Social Sciences Building, room 1114 (11th floor), Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota (West Bank campus)

267 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Parking: 21st Avenue Ramp (and 4th) and 19th Avenue Ramp (and 4th)

Free admission. Please RSVP by using this link and  registering on Eventbrite.

For more information, contact: 651-222-7798 or email info@aeda-mn.org.

Co-sponsored by Asian Economic Development Association and the University of Minnesota Dept of Sociology.


Zoua obtained her BA in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA and PhD in Sociology from Harvard University. Zoua’s research encompasses (i) migration and health, (ii) Indigenous maternal-infant health, and (iii) discrimination as a social determinant of health and well-being. Since 2015, she has been collaborating with Cree and Inuit communities in Quebec on several projects related to childbirth evacuation, perinatal depression, and maternal-infant health outcomes. Zoua has received over $2.3 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Health Canada, and the Fonds Researche Quebec Societie et Culture (FQRSC) to support her research.

Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA), a nonprofit 501(c)(3), works to achieve economic prosperity and healthy communities for Minnesota Southeast Asians. We believe the determinants of economic inclusion, opportunity, and equity also include the determinants of good health  and healthy equity.

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