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Health Outcomes in a Foreign Land: A Role for Epigenomic and Environmental Interaction

Author(s): Dolapo R. Raji

Health is a complex phenomenon that is determined or affected by several underlying factors. Even more importantly, diverse minority population groups experience disparities in their outcomes due to interactions between disadvantaged environment and genetic make-up. Kwabi-Addo’s Health Outcomes in a Foreign Land: A Role for Epigenomic and Environmental Interaction contributes to understanding the complicated relationships between genetic and environmental factors in a bid to foster health equity and addresses the health disparities of African Americans from multiple levels throughout the life course of an individual or population. Without doubt, African Americans experience disproportionately poor health outcomes, ranging from communicable to non-communicable diseases, compared to their White counterparts and other racial categories. Behaviors are shaped by social and physical environment which ultimately determines the wellbeing of an individual or population, this book becomes vital for policy makers, health professionals, and scientists in understanding and exploring the interactions between genetics and environments as it relates to health equity.

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