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Missing Microbes and Missing Out: Microbes and Social Equity in the Context of Youth in Detention (online)

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A talk by Dr. Ally Hunter, Ph.D. and Christina Bosch, M.A., M.Ed.

Part of the Microbes and Social Equity spring speaker series, which runs on Wednesdays, 12–1 p.m. from  Feb. 10–Apr. 28.. 

Registration is required to get the Zoom link, but is free and open to the public. All seminars will be recorded and available online after the presentation date. Registration is being set up on a rolling basis, so you may need to check back later in the spring to register for seminars later in the series.


Microorganisms are critical to many aspects of biological life, including human health. The human body is a veritable universe for microorganisms: some pass through but once, some are frequent tourists, and some spend their entire existence in the confines of our body tissues. 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 speaker series 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.  The spring speaker series will pave the way for a symposium on “Microbes, Social Equity, and Rural Health” in summer 2021.

Speaker details and talk summaries can be found here