Join the Asian Studies Center for "Syndemic Diabetes: Entanglement with Poverty, Trauma, and Aids" with Emily Mendenhall, Assistant Professor of Global Health at Georgetown University. The event will be held at 3 pm, Monday, March 19 in 4217 Posvar Hall.
Dr. Mendenhall will introduce the concept of syndemics, a theory of how social and health problems travel together within and between populations. She will discuss the concept of syndemic diabetes (type 2) through a discussion of her mixed methods research among low-income urban communities in the United States, India, South Africa, and Kenya. In doing so, she argues that it is impossible to understand diabetes in such contexts without taking seriously the implications of poverty, trauma, mental illness, and AIDS.
EMILY MENDENHALL is a medical anthropologist who writes about how social trauma, poverty, and social exclusion become embodied in chronic mental and physical illness. Dr. Mendenhall’s first book, “Syndemic Suffering: Social Distress, Depression, and Diabetes among Mexican Immigrant Women,” considers how poverty, immigration, and interpersonal violence become embodied in depression and Type 2 diabetes. This research inspired comparative projects in India, South Africa, and Kenya, which are the focus of her forthcoming book (2019), “Rethinking Diabetes: Entanglements of Poverty, Trauma, and AIDS.” Syndemics was also the topic of a Series of articles Dr. Mendenhall led in the Lancet last year. In 2017, she was awarded the George Foster Practicing Medical Anthropology Award by the Society for Medical Anthropology.