Dr. Sherman James, Part 6: What is a Social Epidemiologist? | SC African American History Calendar

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May 2021 African American History Calendar Honoree Dr. Sherman James, who taught at Duke University, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, explains the role and function of a social epidemiologist.

A social epidemiologist, Dr.  Sherman James is the Susan B. King Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Public Policy at Duke University. He taught at Duke, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. In the early 1980s, Dr. James formulated the John Henryism Hypothesis, which posits that repeated, “high-effort” coping (“John Henryism”) over many years with adversity, including adversity caused by structural racism, contributes to the well-known high risk for hypertension in African Americans. He received many awards and accolades for his work.

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