Health Outcomes in a Foreign Land

A Role for Epigenomic and Environmental Interaction

  • Bernard Kwabi-Addo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Genetic Factors

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  3. Non-Genetic Factors

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  4. Gene-Environment Interactions

    1. Front Matter
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 313-324

About this book


This stimulating volume uses multiple lenses to analyze the complex causes of health disparities affecting minorities, in particular African Americans, and explains how this knowledge can be used to reduce their destructive effects. Pinpointing genetic, non-genetic, and epigenetic factors underlying health conditions common to the population—including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and cancer—the author traces intricate links among these factors in the current environmental and social context. The section on non-genetic factors in health disparities, such as social determinants and health behaviors, adds depth to the ongoing discourse on public health and health policy objectives. And the chapters on gene/environment interactions outline the vast potential for developing new multidisciplinary frontiers in shrinking health inequities and personalizing care.

Included in the coverage:


  • The African diaspora and disease-specific disparities
  • The genetic basis to health disparities
  • The role of epigenetics
  • Economic factors and health
  • Psychological issues and how they affect disparities
  • Gene-environment interactions in health disparities
  • Race, a biological or social concept

Compelling and accessible, Health Outcomes in a Foreign Land will challenge and inspire medical students, epidemiologists, public health professionals, biomedical research scientists, and social scientists to go farther in their work. A wider audience would include policymakers, government officials, nurses, physicians, lawyers, economists, community outreach investigators, and interested general readers. 


African diaspora African American health social determinants of health minority health gene-environment interaction racism epigenetics diet lifestyle health behavior health disparities health inequity cultural competence genetic variation health outcomes racial and ethnic disparities cancer disparities

Authors and affiliations

  • Bernard Kwabi-Addo
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  1. 1.Dept of Biochemistry & Molecular BiologyHoward University Dept of Biochemistry & Molecular BiologyWoodbridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-55864-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-55865-3
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