RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Public Health, Social Determinants of Health, Health Services Research
Area(s) of Expertise:
Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health and Health Care, Psychosocial Stress and Health, Discrimination and Health, Race/Ethnicity and the Perception of Aberrant Opioid Drug Seeking Behavior
Haslyn E.R. Hunte’s main area of research is social determinants of health, focusing on the causes and solutions of racial/ethnic disparities in health. Using three unique large socioepidemiological surveys, Haslyn’s current research activities include (a) studying the impact of perceived racial/ethnic discrimination as a psychosocial stressor on the observed racial/ethnic disparities in high blood pressure/hypertension and on maladaptive coping health behaviors such as smoking, drinking and substance use/abuse and (b) the impact that Black Caribbeans in the U.S. may have on the observed Black-White disparities in various health outcomes. His dissertation examines the impact of perceived interpersonal racial/ethnic discrimination on smoking, drinking, body mass and blood pressure/hypertension status. As a Health and Society scholar, Haslyn intends to broaden his understanding of the physiological process of perceived interpersonal experiences of racial/ethnic discrimination in relation to other perceived stressors. He also intends on investigating viable interdisciplinary solutions to racial/ethnic disparities in high blood pressure/hypertension and other health outcomes. Haslyn will receive his Ph.D. in Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan in the summer of 2006. Haslyn holds Masters degrees in Community and Behavioral Health Sciences and Economic and Social Development from the University of Pittsburgh.