Weathering: How Ongoing Stress Harms Black and Poor Americans
with Arline Geronimus | University of Michigan
May 28, 2023
For many Americans, episodes of stress are often temporary. But for marginalized communities — especially black people, and those living in poverty, stress is, too often, an ongoing part of life. And this has dire consequences on health and well-being. Our guest on EconoFact Chats this week, Arline Geronimus has done pioneering work in understanding the consequences of chronic stress, especially as it relates to maternal and infant health; contributing, counterintuitively, to poorer birth outcomes for babies born to older black mothers, as compared to those born to younger ones.
Arline is a Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan. She is also a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies of Science. Her newest book is Weathering: The Extraordinary Stress of Ordinary Life in an Unjust Society.