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Martine Hackett - Hofstra University. Hempstead, NY, US

Martine Hackett

Associate Professor of Population Health | Hofstra University


Dr. Hackett's research focuses on public health and health inequities, particularly in the American suburbs and minority communities.




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Life And Death On The Suburban Color Line Surburban Color Lines Rise in U.S. Infant Mortality Rate




Martine Hackett is an associate professor in the master of public health and community health programs at Hofstra University whose research interests include maternal-child health, infant mortality and community based participatory research.

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, 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)

Public Health

Health Communication

Research Methods

Maternal-Child Health

Infant Injury

Breastfeeding Promotion

Health Disparities

Infant Mortality

Minority Health

Accomplishments (4)

"I Remember Community" (professional)


Residents of the Village of Hempstead shared their childhood memories of the region and their hopes for the future in "I Remember Community: Stories of Racism, Resilience and Hope," a film produced by Martine Hackett. The 12-minute film features residents of the Hempstead Housing Authority, a low-income housing unit, populated largely with Black senior citizens. They talk about pressing issues around intergenerational housing, health, and politics. https://vimeo.com/717492689/fddffe4d4f

Woman of Distinction by District 18 of the New York State Assembly (professional)


Dr. Hackett was cited for her research in maternal-child health and infant mortality, her role as the Vice Chair of the Nassau County Perinatal Services Network, her advocacy for social justice and health equity, and her help in the investigation of racial inequality in the real estate industry.

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.

Education (3)

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 (22)

Nurse Family Partnership provides a boost to low-income moms

Newsday  print


The Newsday article “Nurse Family Partnership provides a boost to low-income moms” features Dr. Hackett. The report is about the Nurse Family Partnership, which pairs a nurse with a first-time pregnant mom. The goal is to assist underserved women during their pregnancy and track their child’s development and health for their first two years. Dr. Hackett, whose research focuses on maternal-child health, said she saw results of the Nurse Family Partnership program when she worked at the New York City Health Department. “By focusing on first-time mothers and pairing them with a registered nurse for over two years, NFP employs social support, health education and coaching to change the lives of new mothers and their children,” she said.

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Program seeks to chart health improvements with fresh foods in underserved communities

Newsday  print


Newsday interviewed Dr. Martine Hackett, associate professor and chair of Hofstra’s Department of Population Health, for the article “Program seeks to chart health improvements with fresh foods in underserved communities.” The story is about a partnership between the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County, Hofstra University and Harmony Healthcare Long Island to monitor 350 selected patients with ailments who also face food insecurity. Dr. Hackett told Newsday: “The concept of food as a medicine is gaining a lot of strength in the scientific and medical community. In public health, it’s acknowledging the significance food plays in health outcomes.”

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Syphilis cases quadruple on Long Island, U.S., in troubling sign for public health

Newsday  print


Newsday and 1010 WINS Radio interviewed Dr. Martine Hackett for a report on how cases of syphilis have quadrupled on Long Island and nationwide between 2011-2021. The spike has caused severe illness for thousands of people across the country and an increased number of infant deaths.

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Infant mortality rose in 2022 for the first time in two decades

NBC News  online


Professor Hackett was interviewed by numerous media outlets about a rise in the U.S. infant mortality rate for the first time in two decades.

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Infant mortality rises for first time in 20 years after decades of decline

Newsday  print


Professor Hackett was interviewed by numerous media outlets about a rise in the U.S. infant mortality rate for the first time in two decades.

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Infant mortality rate rose 3% in 2022; CDC says it's largest increase in 2 decades

The National Desk (syndicated nationwide)  tv


Professor Hackett was interviewed about a rise in the U.S. infant mortality rate for the first time in two decades.

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Far fewer minorities got key COVID-19 drug than whites

Newsday  print


Martine Hackett, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Population Health in the School of Health Professions and Human Services, was interviewed by Newsday for a story about a three-month CDC study that found disproportionately fewer Blacks and Hispanics with COVID-19 received Paxlovid, the nation’s leading treatment for the disease, compared to whites infected. “We’ve heard so much about COVID and about the vaccines, but the effectiveness of Paxlovid definitely did not have that same level of attention,” said Professor Hackett.

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Three LI hospitals rank among best in U.S., federal ratings say

Newsday  print


Dr. Martine Hackett, director of public health programs in the School of Health Professions and Human Services, discussed with Newsday the latest federal hospital ratings, and how consumers should interpret them.

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State orders mass COVID-19 vax sites closed as demand drops

Newsday  print


Martine Hackett, director of public health programs at the School of Health Professions and Human Services, spoke with Newsday regarding the closing of all mass vaccination sites in the state, stating it is a “major turning point” in the fight against COVID-19. “Over the last two years, we have gone from uncertainty about how to control the spread of the virus to the limited availability of vaccines, to mass vaccination sites to vaccines for all ages and boosters,” Hackett said. “The mass vaccination sites across New York State represented a true public health effort to reduce hospitalization and deaths and for the most part, it worked very well.”

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Health experts express concern over potential overturning of Roe v. Wade

News 12 Long Island  tv


Martine Hackett, associate professor of population health, spoke to News 12 and its local affiliates around the tristate area and shared her concerns for repealing the decision and the impact it would have on many. “If you are in a situation where you do not have that choice and you are denied access to getting an abortion, you are in a situation where you might not be financially able to raise a child, emotionally stable to do so, and yet you have to,” Hackett says. Hackett shared with News 12 that while wealthier women might have options to travel for abortions, poorer women and women of color might not be afforded the same access.

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Omicron subvariant BA.2 has become dominant COVID strain in US — but cases not spiking

The New York Post  print


The New York Post interviewed Associate Professor of Population Health and Program Director of the Public Health Program Martine Hackett about the BA 2 subvariant of COVID-19, which has become the dominant form of the virus. Even so, case numbers have remained stable. “The spread of Omicron in the winter made a protective factor against the severity of BA.2 variant,” she said. “The majority of Americans are vaccinated, and contracting and recovering from Omicron gave many people the equivalent of a ‘booster shot’ of antibodies.” However, Dr. Hackett and other experts warn that reported cases can be misleading. “The more common testing — home tests — are not reported in terms of the statistics, so it’s possible we are having an increase in the number of positive COVID cases,” she told the Post. “We don’t have the same way of measuring it as we did a year ago.”

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Nassau study to look at impact of COVID-19 on minority communities

Newsday  print


In an article in Newsday, public health professor Martine Hackett weighed in Nassau County’s plans to launch a study that will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected minority communities. The study will particularly look at health disparity issues such as access to testing and vaccinations.

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Black, Latino Long Islanders getting vaccinated at lower rates, data shows

Newsday  print


Public health professor Martine Hackett, an expert on health inequities, was interviewed for a Newsday article that examined state data that showed Blacks and Latinos get vaccinated at significantly lower rates than others. Experts are hopeful that the gap will narrow as vaccinations become easier to get.

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Certain 9/11 First Responders With Preexisting Conditions Still Ineligible For COVID Vaccine In New York

CBS 2 NY  tv


Martine Hackett, PhD, director of public health graduate programs, was featured in a CBS 2 NY story examining vaccine distribution issues for 9/11 first responders and others with preexisting conditions.

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Racial disparities in alcohol and substance misuse

ABCNews.com/ABC News Radio  radio


Public health professor Martine Hackett was featured in a ABCNews.com story and ABC News Radio podcast about the racial disparities that can impede minorities from getting the help they need to treat substance abuse. She also discusses how trauma and racial tensions can impact addiction.

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Communities of Color Hit Hard by COVID-19 on Long Island

The Brian Lehrer Show / WNYC  radio


Martine Hackett, associate professor in the department of health professions and director of public health programs at Hofstra University, shares how Black communities in Nassau County have been hit disproportionately hard by COVID-19, and what public officials should be doing to try to improve health outcomes.

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COVID-19 exposes mistrust, health care inequality going back generations for African Americans

ABC News  online


"In the United States, there really has not been true equity for the care of all races," said Hofstra University public health professor Martine Hackett. "If people have negative experiences, or if they have experiences that are not supportive and they tell their family member, the people in their community -- that permeates," said Hackett.

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Racial inequities reflected in coronavirus toll, as state and city data are analyzed

Newsday  online


"The question is: Why is there this ongoing disparity?" said Martine Hackett, an associate professor and director of public health programs at Hofstra University. "There’s nothing about being black, inherently, that makes you more susceptible to coronavirus. It’s about the conditions and the environment that you’re in that make you more vulnerable to having those poor health outcomes," Hackett said, remarking on the city and state data.

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What’s Behind Maternal Death Disparities?

U.S. News & World Report  online


“Socioeconomic status is not protective in the way that it is for many other situations,” said Dr. Hackett, who reviewed the findings, but was not involved in the research. “A lot of this has to do with the way people are treated – not just during the prenatal and birthing process, it’s the way black women are treated throughout our lives that really takes a toll physically. Seeing this from a larger societal perspective is useful, because that’s where the action is going to happen.”

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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."

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Inspecting racism

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.

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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.

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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.

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Articles (3)

Exploring caregiver behavior and knowledge about unsafe sleep surfaces in infant injury death cases

Health Education & Behavior

2015 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 ...

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Housing influences among sleep-related infant injury deaths in the USA

Health promotion international

2015 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 ...

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Perception and attitudes: breastfeeding in public in New York City

Journal of Human Lactation

2014 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 ...

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