As part of the Spring 2011 Lecture series, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Center for Health presents: "Bodies Tell Histories: Embodiment of Micro-Aggression Distress," by Karina Walters on Wednesday, May 4 from 12:30-2 p.m. at the Student Union building, Luminaria room.

Walters is the William P. and Ruth Gerberding Endowed Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington will be sharing information about micro-aggressions and the effects of such distress on health and risk behaviors and to understand connections between micro-aggressions and historical trauma.

As an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Walters directs the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI) dedicated to improving the health of indigenous peoples in the U.S. and Canada. Based on findings from the national 6-site HONOR project, the presentation focuses on how micro-aggression discrimination distress impacts indigenous embodiment of health. The implications for decolonizing public health practice for American Indian and Alaska Native communities will be highlighted.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (505) 277-0130 or visit: Center for Health Policy.