AAASE October Author of the Month | Dr. Yanica Faustin

October 24, 2019 5:59 pm
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Elon University pre-doctoral fellow in Public Health Studies, Yanica Faustin will be presenting her dissertation research titled “An Exploratory Study of Identity and Discrimination Among U.S.-born and Foreign-born Black Mothers in New York City.” While we have knowledge and documentation of differing preterm birth rates within the Black population by nativity, we do not quite understand how the pathways, mechanisms and contributing factors operate to create such within Black disparities. Racial discrimination is a potential mechanism that may influence the reproductive outcomes of Black women, yet an understanding of whether these factors operate identically for African Americans and Black immigrants is incomplete. The purpose of this qualitative study, informed by the life-course health model and stress theory, is to explore how nativity, Black identity and experiences with perceived racial discrimination inform or influence the pregnancy/labor/delivery/ experience, for African Americans, Africans, and Caribbean’s, living in NYC.