Macinko Awarded $435,000 to Study Black-White Mortality Disparities

James Macinko, associate professor in Steinhardt’s Department of Nutrition Food Studies, and Public Health, has
been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Child
Health and Development titled, ‘Explaining Black-White Differences in
Avoidable Mortality in the USA, 1980-2006.’ The $435,000 award will be shared
between Macinko and the project’s co-Principal Investigator,
Irma Elo, professor and director of the University of Pennsylvania’s
Population Studies Center. Macinko and Elo’s project proposes new ways to analyze
black-white mortality disparities by investigating the contribution of
causes of death considered preventable by high-quality medical care and health policy interventions.

“The results of the study are expected
to provide insight into what role medical care and public policies have
played in generating or ameliorating mortality disparities over time,” said
Macinko. “Our goal is to identify where preventable disparities are greatest
and to use this information to inform current health reform efforts to make our healthcare system more effective and fair.”