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Social medicine consortium April 29 will target health inequalities

Health care leaders from around the world to address health disparities, poverty and saving lives

CHICAGO - The Social Medicine Consortium will hold a conference April 29 at Malcolm X Community College, 1900 Jackson Blvd., Chicago, in the conference center, to address health inequalities. The conference will examine how health care providers are trained. It also will look at significant differences in life expectancy rooted in social conditions, including racism, economic exploitation and income inequality.

The conference, “Beyond Reimagining, Accelerating Praxis Social Medicine in Practice Today,” also will focus on the social determinants that impact the health of underserved populations and developing collaborative approaches to improve the health of all individuals.

Register for the conference here.

More than 400 health care leaders, practitioners and students from Chicago and around the world are expected to attend to address health disparities, poverty and saving lives.

Dr. David Ansell, a convener of the conference and senior vice president of community health equity at Rush University Medical Center, said, “Racism, economic exploitation, income inequality and lack of guaranteed health care for all has contributed to large American and international death gaps and health inequities between the rich and the poor.”

Health care practitioners need to learn social medicine and the place for advocacy and activism. They also must reframe health from being solely biological in etiology to systemic, Ansell added. His new book, “The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills,” was published this month.

Consortium sponsors include Northwestern University and the Northwestern Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion, ACGME-International, DePaul University, Loyola University, Resurrection University School of Nursing and Allied Health, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, The Health Research & Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association Partners in Health, The Division of Global Health Equity of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and University of Minnesota. 

The Social Medicine Consortium is a collective of individuals, universities and organizations fighting for health equity through education, training, service and advocacy with social medicine at its core.