Social Epidemiology

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Researchers evaluating program aimed at HIV prevention and care for trans youth of color

Q&A with Kristi Gamarel and Sari Reisner

Kristi Gamarel and Sari Reisner are leading an evaluation of a program called LEAP (Legal, Economic, and Affirming Peer Support) as part of the NIH-funded Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV Interventions. LEAP addresses social factors that have been linked to inequities in HIV prevention and care outcomes for trans youth of color.


Multiple periods of loneliness may add up to higher mortality risk

New research from Xuexin Yu and Lindsay Kobayashi

Working from well-established research on the detrimental health effects of loneliness, University of Michigan researchers set out to study whether feeling lonely at multiple times through the years leads to more serious illness and higher mortality risk in mid to later life.

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Mistreatment of Michigan farmworkers: Researchers document abuses, push for change

Recent research, published in the Labor Studies Journal, documents a range of dehumanizing, stressful, unsafe, and unhealthy workplace and living conditions. In their qualitative research effort, University of Michigan social epidemiologists Lisbeth Iglesias-Rios and Alexis Handal specifically explore the effects of precarious employment and labor exploitation on how they affect the health of farmworkers and their families.