COBRE/Tropical Medicine Seminar: “Social Determinants of Health Across Empires: Exploring Variations and Implications in Historically European-, US-, and Japanese-affiliated Regions of the Pacific and Caribbean Lessons from the Global COVID Study and the Diálogo Social Científico Study“, Timothy Dye, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry


5:30 PM - 6:30 PM


JABSOM Medical Education Bldg., Rm. 304
651 Ilalo St., Honolulu,, HI

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In Person & By Zoom

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Timothy Dye, Ph.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Dentistry and Public Health

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Rochester, New York

During the imperial era in the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean, various European powers, the United States, and Japan extended their empires by establishing colonies and exerting control over territories in these regions. The motivations for such expansion included economic prospects, geopolitical location, and other strategic and political considerations. The imperial era had profound effects on indigenous populations in the Pacific and Caribbean, leading to spread of disease, rapid cultural change, economic exploitation, and oppression. Some former colonies and territories gained independence in the past century and some have not. The legacies of imperialism continue to influence the social, economic, political, and health landscapes of these regions. This presentation will focus on emerging results from two recent studies, one a global study of non-medical impacts of COVID and the other a study in Puerto Rico and among Puerto Ricans in the USA examining community attitudes toward science. We will examine -where possible – results by the formerly colonized nations of the Pacific and Caribbean, and of the United States of America, Western Europe, and Japan. Such an analysis can help us assess if and how the imperial legacy of the late 19th to the early 20th century may continue to impact social determinants and health. The Rochester Global COVID Study was funded by the Richard W. and Mae Stone Goode Trust, and Diálogo Social Científico was funded by the US National Institutes of Health’s Human Genome Institute, Award #R21HG012136.