Yale School of Nursing, Yale University's Graduate Nursing Programs

Bellos Lecture Held Before Overflow Crowd

May 1, 2008

Harvard Professor David Williams' talk on health disparities at YSN's Sybil Palmer Bellos Lecture on April 16 drew and overflow crowd and rave reviews.

Dr. Williams, the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at the School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University, gave a stirring address titled, "Social Sources of Health Disparities: Patterns, Causes, Interventions."

"We were honored to have Dr. Williams with us as our Bellos Lecturer," commented Margaret Grey, YSN Dean and Annie Goodrich Professor. "He is a dynamic speaker and a national leader on dealing with health disparities."

Dr. Williams is an internationally recognized authority on social influences affecting health. His research interests are socioeconomic status, the experience of discrimination or racism, and resulting health effects. He has examined the extent to which psychosocial factors such as stress, racism, types of social support, religious involvement, psychological resources and health behaviors are linked to health and social status and, in turn, explain socioeconomic and racial variations in health.

The Wisser Tea immediately followed the Bellos Lecture.