Interdisciplinary Research on the Determinants of Population Health and Health Inequalities

The goal of the collaboration between the University of New Mexico (UNM) and University of Michigan is to complete research funded by the University of Michigan’s (UMich) Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars Program.  The research project is focused on conducting a refined and systematic investigation of racial and ethnic health disparities through broader measurement of the concept of race. More specifically, to conduct a concentrated and systematic examination of the concepts of race/ethnicity as more than a categorical classification variable, but as a multi-dimensional concept and accompanying set of measures. This will be accomplished in a two-staged research process. The first stage will utilize the variable search function at ICPSR data archives in which all studies that have race as a variable in the study are identified (will rely on the use of key word search – race, racial, racialization, and ethnicity). The second phase builds on the first phase by utilizing knowledge of the various approaches to conceptualize race in an effort to construct multiple measures of race and ethnicity. The project will conclude by testing the relationship between these measures of race and health status in an effort to clarify how measurement issues impact our working knowledge of racial and ethnic health disparities.
Project Investigator: Gabriel Sanchez, PhD
Project Dates:  12/15/2011 - 8/31/2012