Yale Hosts Symposium on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health

A symposium on “Current Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health” will be held at Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street, on February 9 and 10.

The symposium, free and open to the public, begins Friday afternoon with welcoming remarks by Anthony T. Kronman, dean of Yale Law School. It is hosted by the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics and sponsored by the Institution for Social & Policy Studies at Yale.

“Racial disparities in the prevention, incidence and treatment of disease are widely recognized yet poorly understood,” said Leslie Meltzer, co-editor-in-chief of the journal and a Yale Law School student. “This conference offers a unique opportunity for health-care professionals, policymakers and community members to come together to discuss compelling evidence that race and ethnicity correlate with persistent, and often increasing, health disparities among U.S. populations.”

Co-editor-in-chief Jason Silvers, M.D., also a YLS student, added, “This symposium aims to delineate the scope and breadth of the problem, isolate some of the etiologic factors involved, improve societal awareness and most importantly, move us toward a timely resolution.”

Speakers and topics include: M. Gregg Bloche, Georgetown University Law Center, “Race and Discretion in American Medicine”; Marian E. Gornick, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, “Disparities in Health Care: A Search for Causes and Explanations for the Medicare Experience”; Dean M. Hashimoto, Boston College Law School, “Should the PatientsU Bill of Rights Include Affirmative Action?”; Patricia A. King, Georgetown University Law Center, “TuskegeeUs Warning”; Barbara A. Koenig, Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics, “The Search for TRaceU: Implications in the New Genomic Medicine”; Marsha Lillie-Blanton, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, “Site of Medical Care: Do Racial and Ethnic Differences Persist in Where Care is Obtained?”; and David R. Williams, University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, “Race and Health Trends and Social Determinants.”

The Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics is a publication of Yale Law School, Yale School of Medicine, Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health, and Yale School of Nursing. It endeavors to provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion on topics in health policy, health law, and biomedical ethics. The journal targets a broad and diverse readership of academicians and professionals in medicine, law, and public health as well as policymakers and legislators in health care. More than 100 student members from YaleUs graduate and professional schools edit the journal and oversee its production.

The journal will publish its first issue in March 2001, containing papers by the symposium speakers.

For more information on the symposium or the journal, contact the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics at 203 436-0774; yjhple@yale.edu; or on the web www.yale.edu/yjhple, where a full schedule of symposium events will be posted as it becomes available.

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