Theses Doctoral

Social Determinants of Women’s Reproductive Health

Chegwin Dugand, Valentina

Reducing health disparities and achieving health equity in maternal and infant health is a critical concern for social work and public health stakeholders more generally. This three-paper dissertation is dedicated to exploring program or policy modifiable social determinants of maternal and infant health with a particular focus on vulnerable populations.

Paper one explores the influence of household members on women’s sexual and reproductive behaviors. Paper two studies the impact of smoke-free regulations on birth outcomes in Latin America. Lastly, paper three looks at the effects of police use of force, and racialized police use of force, on maternal and infant health. The findings of these papers provide important information to inform programs and policies aimed at improving reproductive health and well-being in the U.S. and Latin America.

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More About This Work

Academic Units
Social Work
Thesis Advisors
Teitler, Julien O.
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
July 5, 2023