Keefe co-authors book chapter on global health disparities

Published March 20, 2023


Robert Keefe

Robert Keefe.

Kudos to Robert Keefe, PhD, associate professor in the UB School of Social Work, on co-authoring the chapter, "Global health disparities and the social determinants of health," in Behavioral Science and Health in the Global Arena.

Keefe's co-author is Sandra D. Lane, PhD, a professor of public health and anthropology at Syracuse University and a research professor in obstetrics and gynecology at Upstate Medical University.


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