Jacquelyn Taylor, a New York University professor who studies factors contributing to health disparities, will deliver the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Health Sciences Lecture.

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Jacquelyn Taylor

The lecture begins at 1 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Dow Auditorium at the Towsley Center. It is free and open to the public.

Taylor will discuss how she has used genomic and environmental methods to unravel hypertension health disparities in African-American women.

Taylor is the inaugural Vernice D. Ferguson Professor in Health Equity at NYU’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Her work focuses on the interaction of biological and social factors that contribute to health disparities for common chronic conditions among underrepresented minority populations in the United States and vulnerable populations abroad.

She recently was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Barack Obama.

Patricia Coleman-Burns, assistant professor emerita of nursing, School of Nursing, said organizers hope attendees will leave the lecture with the understanding that diversity, equity and inclusion as well as health disparities are not just about perception — they involve science.

“There is a science to this issue of discrimination, this issue of racism,” Coleman-Burns said.

The Health Sciences lecture is sponsored by the schools of Nursing on the Ann Arbor and UM-Flint campuses, Dentistry, Kinesiology, Public Health, and Social Work, the College of Pharmacy, Michigan Medicine, Office for Health Equity & Inclusion, and the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research.