Center for Faculty Innovation

Exploring the Physiological Roots of Health Disparities (Faculty Community)

Fri, 23 Sep 2022 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Sign up           Deadline: September 23 @ 12pm

The research is conclusive: Health disparities between income levels, racial-ethnic groups, and education levels are real with respect to longevity as well as chronic and infectious diseases. What are the foundations of those disparities? How do physiological foundations interact with hierarchies of exclusion, stereotype threat, and poverty?

Questions of health and injustice are not only important for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) work, in the broader community in which JMU is located, but also among students, faculty, and staff of an increasingly diverse institution.  

This reading group invites faculty and students to discuss Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice by Rupa Marya and Raj Patel.

It will meet three times within five weeks starting late September. Once the reading group is committed, the facilitator will contact group members to determine the best setting for discussions—in person, online/Zoom, or hybrid—and the precise meeting dates and times that work for all. 

Note: students as well as faculty may sign up for this program. 


  • Catherine Zeman, College of Health and Behavioral Studies
  • JaNiece Woodson, Health in Color 


  • College of Health and Behavioral Studies
  • Department of Health Sciences 

CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us at or (540)568-4846.

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