The Microbes and Social Equity working group is putting together a special session at the American Society for Microbiology’s annual Microbe meeting, which will be held in Washington, D.C. from June 9 – 13, 2022.
June 11, 2022, 1:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Microorganisms are critical to many aspects of biological life, including human health. The collective microbial community, our microbiome, can be impacted by the details of our lifestyle, including diet, hygiene, health status, and more, but many are driven by social, economic, medical, or political constraints that restrict available choices that may impact our health. Access to resources is the basis for creating and resolving social equity, access to healthcare, healthy foods, a suitable living environment, and to beneficial microorganisms, but also access to personal and occupational protection to avoid exposure to infectious disease. This special session explores the way that microbes connect public policy, social disparities, and human health, as well as the ongoing research, education, policy, and innovation in this field.
|1:45 PM – 3:45 PM||Microbes and Social Equity: the Microbial Components of Social, Environmental, and Health Justice|
Suzanne Ishaq; Univ. of Maine, Orono, ME
|1:45 PM – 2:15 PM||Invited Speaker|
Monica Trujillo; Queensborough Community Coll., New York, NY
|2:15 PM – 2:45 PM||Invited Speaker|
Ariangela Kozik; Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
|2:45 PM – 3:15 PM||Invited Speaker|
Carla Bonilla; Gonzaga Univ., Spokane, WA
|3:15 PM – 3:45 PM||Panel Discussion|
Upon completion of this Cross-Track Symposium, the participant should be able to:
- Recognize the connections that microbiomes have to social equity. This will be demonstrated with examples/case studies presented by speakers.
- Discuss relevant issues in microbiomes and their connection to social equity and identify issues which could be explored further.
- Appraise your own work for these connections between microbiomes and social equity, to designate places for professional growth and applying equitable design.
Track(s)/Subtrack(s)Host Microbe Biology