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Dr. Jaime Slaughter-Acey
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
COVID-19 and Racial Health Disparities
Jaime C. Slaughter-Acey is a maternal and child health epidemiologist whose work focuses on socio-environmental and psychosocial determinants of women’s and family health across the lifecourse, with emphasis on health equity. Dr. Slaughter-Acey is an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and a member of the Minnesota Population Center. Here research emphasizes the use of socioecological and life-course approaches with Critical Race Theory to study and address the ways that systemic racism, both structural and cultural, intersect with other aspects of social identity to create inequalities in health and health care. Her current research funded by the Russell Sage Foundation (PI: Slaughter-Acey) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (1R21HL150424 PI: Slaughter-Acey) investigate the social significance of skin color as a driver of prepregnancy cardiometabolic health and birth outcomes for Black women. Dr. Slaughter-Acey’s research, published in the major journals American Journal Preventive Medicine, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Urban Health, has been widely cited. Most notably Dr. Slaughter-Acey recently won the Matilda White Riley Early Investigator Paper Award by National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research for her research on skin tone bias and racial discrimination.