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The Intergenerational Transmission of Health Disparities

In this research seminar Lynne Messer, MPH, Ph.D., explores the intersection of social-environmental justice and residential segregation in exacerbating maternal and child health disparities among vulnerable populations.

Her early work focused on better characterizing the built and social environments for population-based epidemiologic disparities research.

Her most recent work incorporates other non-social area-level exposures, including air pollution and environmental contaminants, on maternal and child health. 

She seeks to integrate these related environmental factors with research on fetal development and intergenerational transmission to understand the potential for fetal priming to explain the persistence of health disparities among vulnerable subpopulations. 

Lynne is an Associate Professor & Program Director for MPH in Health Promotion at Oregon Health and Science University, School of Public Health, Portland, Oregon.

She earned her PhD in Epidemiology and MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Lynne was awarded a multiyear doctoral fellowship from the Royster Society of Fellows and received the 2-16 Dean’s Award for Scholarly Achievement among Junior Faculty.

She teaches across the educational spectrum, from undergraduate epidemiology, master’s level women’s health, masters and doctoral health and social inequalities, and doctoral research methods.

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Hallie E. Ford Center For Healthy Children and Families, 115
2631 SW Campus Way, Corvallis, OR 97330

Event Type

Lecture or Presentation

Event Topic

Health and Well-being


Community, Faculty and Staff, Student, Graduate, Undergraduate




College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Contact Name

S. Marie Harvey, DrPH, MPH

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