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PHS Monday Seminar: Dalvery Blackwell, BA, IBCLC and Erica Morrell, PhD: “Geographies of Racism and Sexism: Understanding Spatialized Intersectionality, Maternal / Child Health, and Milwaukee’s Lead Crisis”
March 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
In this talk, Dalvery Blackwell and Erica Morrell will discuss what they term, ‘spatialized intersectionality.’ Spatialized intersectionality encompasses the widespread ways that societal privilege and oppression have become geographically embedded, and the implications on peoples’ health outcomes today. Dalvery and Erica will draw from relevant scholarship and experience, and apply it to their research into Milwaukee’s ongoing lead crisis. By the end of the talk, attendees should better understand how societal racism and sexism uniquely entrenched Black women in the 53206, 53208, and 53210 zip codes that are the most environmentally degraded and lacking of food and reproductive justice in Milwaukee County today. The reality that Black babies are experiencing especially severe outcomes during the crisis can thus be understood in part as a tragic yet predictable intergenerational legacy of inequitable and intersecting geographic burdens. Dalvery and Erica will offer applications for the concept to address spatialize intersectionality in research, clinical care, and policymaking.