Martine Hackett is an associate professor in the Master of Public Health and B.S. in Community Health programs in Hofstra University's School of Health Professions and Human Services. Her research interests include maternal-child health, infant mortality, health communication and health disparities.
Her previous work experience is as a deputy director at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health and as a television producer.
Dr. Hackett received her BFA in film and television from New York University in film and television, a master of public health from Hunter College and a doctorate in sociology from the City University of New York Graduate Center.
Industry Expertise (2)
Health and Wellness
Areas of Expertise (9)
2016 Teacher of the Year Award (professional)
Selected as the Teacher of the Year for the School of Health Professions and Human Services at Hofstra University.
2015 Grant Seeker of the Year (professional)
Awarded by the Provost and the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs for Dr. Hackett's excellence in grant development and her groundbreaking research on suburban health equity.
CUNY Hunter College: M.P.H., Communication Health Education 2008
CUNY Graduate Center: Ph.D., Sociology 2007
New York University: B.F.A., Film and Television 1992
Media Appearances (7)
The Suburban Myth of Health and Wealth
US News & World Report online
"Racial residential segregation is a fundamental cause of health disparities across the board," says Martine Hackett, an assistant professor and public health researcher at Hofstra University. "If you take that concept – of the outside environment playing a role in the differences on a population level – then the way that looks and presents as the health outcomes of people in suburban areas is going to have a different flavor."
How long will you live?
Martine Hackett is a public health expert who lives in Uniondale, where the census tract has a life expectancy of about 74 years. She agrees that individuals have a measure of control over how long they live, but she also sees conditions in her community that can counter good decisions...
Long Island Business News online
Similarly, there is disparity in health outcomes, with black and Hispanic communities faring worse than whites, according to Martine Hackett, an associate professor of health professions at Hofstra.
That outcome is not surprising, Hackett said. She pointed to outdated method of scientific thinking, including skull size measurements and discrepancies in facial features. This mindset fueled eugenics in the United States, and was seen in the beginning of the Nazi movement and South Africa’s apartheid.
Rising Maternal Mortality Rates
Diverse Long Island - News 12 tv
Martine Hackett, PhD, assistant professor in the Master of Public Health Program in the School of Health Professions and Human Services, appeared on the News 12 show "Diverse Long Island" to discuss the factors that contribute to alarming rates of pregnancy-related deaths among black women both in Nassau County and nationwide.
Pure Mammography opens screening site at Smith Haven Mall
The new Smith Haven Mall location is part of a trend to make health care more convenient, said Martine Hackett, an assistant professor in the department of health professions at Hofstra University.
“We know there are blood pressure kiosks at drugstores, and that flu shots are available at drugstores,” Hackett said. “Also, some stores have clinics.”
Dr. Martine Hackett on Long Island’s Housing and Health Crisis
Martine Hackett, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Health Professions and in the Master of Public Health Program in the School of Health Professions and Human Services, appeared on WLIW’s “Long Island Business Report” to discuss how factors affecting health and housing have contributed to a regional crisis.
Two ways to improve inmate health in Nassau
Anthony Santella and Martine Hackett, assistant professors in the Department of Health Professions and in the Master of Public Health Program in the School of Health Professions and Human Services, share new approaches that would improve the health of inmates in Nassau County in this op-ed.
Research Focus (1)
Areas of interest:
maternal-child health, infant mortality, health communication and health disparities
Research Grants (1)
“The Social Ecology of Infant Sleep Environments”
National Institutes of Health $55,000
The grant supports a study examining racial disparities in infant mortality in New York City.
Objectives. In the United States, infant deaths due to sleep-related injuries have quadrupled over the past two decades. One of the major risk factors is the placement of an infant to sleep on a surface other than a crib or bassinet. This study examines contextual circumstances and knowledge and behaviors that may contribute to the placement of infants on an unsafe sleep surface in infant injury death cases. Method. This study employed a retrospective review of 255 sleep-related injury death cases in New York City from 2004 to 2010 where ...
Abstract: This article examines the role of housing conditions in sleep-related infant injury death, a leading cause of infant mortality in the USA. The use of an unsafe sleep surface is a major risk factor for sleep-related infant injury. This exploratory study examined contextual circumstances, specifically those related to the physical environment, which may contribute to caregivers' decisions to place an infant on an unsafe sleep surface. It employed a retrospective review of 255 sleep-related infant injury death cases in a large urban area ...
Background: In the United States, 76.9% of women initiate breastfeeding but only 36.0% breastfeed exclusively for 3 months. Lack of support for public breastfeeding may prevent women from breastfeeding in public, which could contribute to low rates of breastfeeding exclusivity and continuation, despite high rates of breastfeeding initiation. Objective: This study aimed to determine whether residents of New York City, New York, were supportive of and comfortable with public breastfeeding. Methods: A population-based public opinion ...