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Tuesday, April 11th
3:45 PM

"The City is Another World": Historical Trauma and Depression Among Mapuche Peoples in Santiago, Chile

Haley Case, Whitman College

Olin 138

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

“La ciudad es otro mundo// The city is another world.” These words, spoken by a Mapuche woman living in the urban center of Santiago, reflect the fundamental differences between the Mapuche’s native territory in southern Chile and the urban centers that are now inhabited by 80 percent of the Mapuche people due to forced economic migration. The environmental, cultural and spiritual changes in the lives of Mapuche people have given rise to a prevalence of depression in migrants living in cities such as Santiago. My presentation investigates understandings of historical trauma and mental illness in urban indigenous communities and the discord between traditional systems of healing and Chilean-state biomedicine. I address the question: How does neocolonialism continue to shape the well-being of Mapuche people through historical legacies and contemporary medical practice?

4:00 PM

Examining Patient-Provider Race Concordance and Patient Perceptions

Stephanie Reamy, Whitman College

Olin 138

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

As racial diversity in the nation continues to increase, access to quality health care has become a growing issue. Hispanic immigrants to the United States, especially those from Mexico, tend to acquire low-wage jobs such as farming. As a result, many Hispanic families have to seek health care at more affordable clinics. Less accessibility to nonprofit clinics may contribute to weaker patient-provider relationships at these clinics. My presentation examines the relationship between patient-physician race and socioeconomic status concordance and patients’ trust in their physicians at SOS Clinic. I tested Charles Cooley’s “looking-glass self” theory to see if racial minorities take society’s perception of themselves into account to shape their self-perceptions more than do other racial groups. Health outcomes were also measured after each patient’s visit with a provider to assess the effect of patient’s trust on compliance with physicians’ recommendations.

4:15 PM

Managing Abnormality: The Politics of Epidemiology and the Public Health Response to Zika Virus

Jess Faunt, Whitman College

Olin 138

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

My presentation investigates how epidemiological research in response to Zika Virus functions through national and international public health organizations to measure and manage abnormality. I bring together the scholarship on epidemiology with scholarship on national population governance to question how the historic practice of using science to justify the discrimination against disabled, non-white bodies and the regulation of reproductive bodies continues in new forms today. I argue that the fears that prompted the World Health Organization to declare Zika Virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern are deeply political. Yet, epidemiology helps to "depoliticize" the public health response by masquerading under the guise of objectivity. I address the regulation of reproductive bodies and the racialized and ableist messages that become normalized through the language of epidemiology.