Welcome to the Health Equity Lab at UConn Storrs!

About Us

The Health Equity Lab is directed by Ryan Talbert and critically investigates social determinants of health that extend from systems of stratification. During the 2022–2023 academic year, six undergraduates collaborated on research that examined the impact of incarceration on race-gender disparities in immune function, the role of women’s empowerment for contraceptive use among Indian women, and the effect of exposure to lethal police violence on substance use patterns, among others. All six lab members displayed their projects at UConn’s Spring 2023 Frontiers Undergraduate Exhibition. With funding support from UConn’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy; Office of Undergraduate Research; and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, lab members also presented their research at the annual meetings of the Eastern Sociological Society, Midsouth Sociological Association, and American Public Health Association. At present, lab collaborations have led to nine conference presentations, ten coauthored manuscripts, and three publications.

what is health? History, environment, access, longevity, theories of health


We believe we can achieve a world where all families thrive in their communities and the work of child-, youth-, and family-serving public systems is grounded in research and implementation science and driven by principles of anti-racism, social justice, equity, inclusion, and authentic partnerships with youth and their families and communities.

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