Baker Institute discussion to examine how health care policy impacts social policy in US

A Feb. 2 discusssion at Rice will focus on the social and economic determinants of health, as well as how a variety of social policies related to housing, education and child care are directly linked to health in America.

The Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research will host “Social Policy is Health Policy: The Health Implications of Policies Outside the Silo of Health Care” at 6 p.m. in the Kelly International Conference Facility in Rice’s Baker Hall.

The event will feature an in-depth discussion how health care policy impacts social policy in the U.S. The keynote speaker will be Steven Woolf, director of the Center for Human Needs and professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. Panelists for the event include Mark Hayward, director of the Population Research Center, professor of sociology and Centennial Commission Professor in the Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, and Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute.

This free forum is open to the public, but reservations are required. For more information, visit

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