Bonnie N. Young


Bonnie N. Young, M.A., M.P.H., doctoral candidate in Anthropology, will address the socio-cultural factors related to active tuberculosis (TB) risk, and people's disease experience in Monterrey, Mexico in the Ruth E. Kennedy Lecture at the Hibben Center on the UNM campus on Thursday, March 3 at 4 p.m. The talk will explore TB-related individual-level data and social conditions from a sample of 190 people in Monterrey, collected during six months of fieldwork.

The capital of Nuevo León, Monterrey is the richest and third largest city in Mexico. Despite the abundant wealth in the city, the San Pedro municipality is the richest in all of Latin America, the income gap is wide and TB rates in Nuevo León are almost double that of Mexico as a whole.

This multidisciplinary project includes anthropologists, physicians and public health experts to better understand the high rates of TB in one of the wealthiest and most "Americanized" cities in Latin America. The lecture also presents information on the stigma of TB in Monterrey based on participants' experiences with TB-related discrimination and fear. Lastly, U.S.-Mexico border implications and potential effects of current drug violence on TB control will be discussed.

TB remains a leading cause of illness and death worldwide, with the majority of the burden in developing countries. TB is a complex disease that involves biological, genetic, physical, social, and economic factors. The disease dates back thousands of years in human history, while effective treatment has existed for almost 70 years. In light of a long-standing history with TB, the question remains - why are some populations more susceptible to developing active TB while other groups are not?

The Ruth E. Kennedy Award is given annually by the Maxwell Museum Association and the Department of Anthropology to honor the memory of Mrs. Kennedy, wife of Edwin L. Kennedy, a major donor to the museum.  Initiated in 1981, the award recognizes Mrs. Kennedy's abiding interest in public education.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information contact Mary Beth Hermans  (505) 277-1400 or e-mail,