Scholar to present ‘A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care’ at Rice’s Baker Institute Jan. 23

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Jeff Falk
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Scholar to present ‘A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care’ at Rice’s Baker Institute Jan. 23

HOUSTON – (Jan. 14, 2019) – Health law expert Dayna Bowen Matthew, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, will speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Jan. 23 on strategies for reducing health care disparities. Her presentation will be based on findings from her book, “Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care.”

DAYNA BOWEN MATTHEW

The event, hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences and the Office of Women and Minority Faculty Inclusion at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, is free and open to the public; visit www.bakerinstitute.org/events/1981 to register.

Who: Dayna Bowen Matthew, the William L. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor of Law and the F. Palmer Weber Research Professor of Civil Liberties and Human Rights at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Law. Matthew also holds an appointment in the UVA School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences.

Dr. Quianta Moore, fellow in child health policy at the Baker Institute, will give welcoming remarks. Elizabeth Travis, associate vice president of women and minority faculty inclusion at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will introduce Matthew.

What: A presentation titled “Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in U.S. Health Care.”

When: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6-7:15 p.m. A reception will be held at 5:15.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

Houston, home of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, draws many of the country’s brightest medical students and professionals as well as patients who travel from all over the world seeking life-saving care. Yet many Houstonians still face barriers in gaining access to health care, and many more suffer from poor health, with striking differences in health levels across ethnic, socioeconomic and age groups, event organizers said. Several factors contribute to these health disparities, including the conditions in the places where people live, learn and work. However, research shows that even when minorities have the same incomes, insurance coverage and medical conditions as whites, they receive notably poorer care, organizers said.

A live webcast will be available at the event page, www.bakerinstitute.org/events/1981.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media should park in the Central Campus Garage (underground).

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.