Robert and Sarah LeVine: Women's Schooling and Health Outcomes

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Robert and Sarah LeVine: Women's Schooling and Health Outcomes

Robert and Sarah LeVine: Women's Schooling and Health Outcomes

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
4:00pm-6:00pm
041 Haldeman Center
Intended Audience(s): Public
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This event is sponsored by the Robert A. 1925 and Catherine L. McKennan Fund for Anthropology, the Ruben Foundation Grant, the Dickey Center for International Understanding, and the Women and Gender Studies Program

For 30 years health surveys have shown that a woman's school attainment is consistently associated with reduced child mortality and other positive health outcomes in less developed countries, even with socioeconomic factors held constant, but the process involved has been a mystery to survey researchers. The talk will draw on our book, Literacy and Mothering (2012), presenting evidence from Mexico, Nepal, Venezuela and Zambia to support the theory that girls learn and retain from classroom experience the bureaucratic literacy skills that they use as mothers to interact with the health media and health bureaucracy. We will discuss the implications of these results for policy and for further work on health literacy and health navigation skills that takes educational research, particularly literacy assessment, seriously

For more information, contact:
Therese Perin-Deville
603-646-3256

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.