“There are multisystem failures in the protection of farmworkers in Michigan,” said Iglesias-Rios, a research investigator at the U-M School of Public Health. “We identified dimensions of precarious employment and labor exploitation that involve lacking access to fundamental labor and social rights, including dehumanization, discriminatory occupational practices and insufficient access to health care and social benefits.”
Featured Publication of the Week for the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, (August 2023), with lead author and former Center Doctoral Student Mia Q. Peng, PhD, MPH; additional authors include Center co-director Carrie A. Karvonen-Gutierrez, PhD, MPH, Center Core Faculty member Sung Kyun Park, ScD, MPH and Center Affiliate Faculty William H. Herman, MD, MPH.
“We found that Black and Hispanic women had statistically significant earlier natural, and particularly surgical, menopause than white women. The study suggests that this common bias may lead to underestimation of racial disparities in health and aging, and is important to consider in further research.”
Featured Publication of the Week for the Journal of the Endocrine Society (April 2023), with lead author and former Center Postdoctoral Research Fellow Ning Ding, PhD, MPH; additional authors include Center Director Siobán D. Harlow, PhD, and Center Core Faculty members John F. Randolph, MD and Sung Kyun Park, ScD, MPH.
“In this study of hospitalized influenza patients, we show that distinct clusters with higher disease acuity can be identified and could be targeted for evaluations of vaccine and influenza antiviral effectiveness against disease attenuation. The association of higher disease acuity with glucose level merits evaluation.”
This special lecture honors Dr. Sower’s extraordinary scientific contributions to the field of women’s health and to inspire young scholars to transcend the boundaries between varying fields of research to advance women’s health. As a result of her contributions, women’s health grew from a peripheral field of study to a major discipline and we honor her legacy by inviting a groundbreaking researcher to present a lecture in her name.
- Oct 27 2023: IN THE NEWS: “Mistreatment of Michigan farmworkers: U-M researchers document abuses, push for change” with Center Core Faculty Alexis Handal, PhD, MPH and Lisbeth Iglesias-Ríos, PhD, MPH, MA
- Oct 06 2023: IN THE NEWS: “Yes, VMS Affects Races Differently, But More Research Still Needs to Be Done” in Newswires, featuring Center Core Faculty Siobán D. Harlow, PhD
- Oct 05 2023: IN THE NEWS: “Researchers Devise Scoring System to Forecast Future Health Risks for Women Ages 55-65” in Newswires, featuring SWAN Study research
- Aug 25 2023: IN THE NEWS: “Menopause Is Different for Women of Color” in the New York Times, featuring SWAN Study research and comments from SWAN Study Leadership
- Nov 10 2023: “Associations between exposure to air pollution and sex hormones during the menopausal transition” Authors: Xin Wang, Ning Ding, Siobán D Harlow, John F Randolph, Ellen B Gold, Carol Derby, Howard M Kravitz, Gail Greendale, Xiangmei Wu, Keita Ebisu, Joel Schwartz, Sung Kyun Park
- Nov 07 2023: “Carotid intima media thickness and cardiometabolic dysfunction: the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation” Authors: Aleda M Leis, Elizabeth A Jackson, Ana Baylin, Emma Barinas-Mitchell, Samar R El Khoudary, Carrie A Karvonen-Gutierrez
- Oct 08 2023: “Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) and prevalence of autoimmune disorders among members of the Michigan PBB registry” Authors: Robert B Hood, Metrecia L Terrell, Sarah Mardovich, Emily C Somers, Melanie Pearson, Hillary Barton, Martha Scott Tomlinson, M Elizabeth Marder, Dana Boyd Barr, Michele Marcus
Initiated in 2013, MiLES is a newly established cohort study which creates and maintains the MiLES Longitudinal Cohort & Biobank, including lupus cases from the southeast Michigan surveillance registry as well as population-based controls.
The 33-year MBHMS follows the daughters of participants in the historic Tecumseh Community Health Study to evaluate the impact of aging-related processes including menopause and the secular increase in obesity on the development and progression of musculoskeletal disease and declines in physical functioning. This study addresses a significant gap in scientific knowledge that impedes our ability to optimize fracture prevention strategies. If our hypotheses prove correct, baseline external bone size may be used as an additional parameter to identify women most likely to lose bone strength rapidly during the MT and who might benefit from early intervention.
The Michigan Farmworker Project (MFP) is a community-engaged project that aims to provide a deeper understanding of the complex working and living conditions of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the state of Michigan and the relationship with health outcomes in this population. The MFP seeks to identify indicators of labor exploitation in farmworkers and relate this understanding to farmworker’s psychosocial, occupational and environmental risk factors as well as gaps in service provision and recommendations from farmworkers themselves to address their current working and living conditions.