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Health Inequality in America

Join us for an evening of discussion about health inequality in America with David Cay Johnston, investigative journalist and the winner of a 2001 Pulitzer Prize.

Join us for an evening of discussion about health inequality in America with David Cay Johnston, investigative journalist and the winner of a 2001 Pulitzer Prize.

April 18, 2014

On Thursday, April 24, we are pleased to welcome Pulitzer prize winning author David Cay Johnston to campus. Johnston will be speaking on health inequality in America, drawing from his newly released book, Divided, which collects the writings of leading scholars, activists, and journalists to provide an illuminating, multifaceted look at inequality in America.

The event will take place in Kane Hall 210 at 6:30 p.m.

Divided includes a contribution from University of Washington School of Public Health faculty member Stephen Bezruchka, MD, MPH. His chapter, entitled Inequality Kills, addresses the socioeconomic factors behind healthcare disparities. He writes:

For nearly two hundred years America was one of the healthiest and longest-lived countries, but today, over thirty countries have better health by many measures. What happened?

In answering this question, the distinction between health and health care is a critical one, but something that seems not to be well understood by the lay public, health care professionals, or policy makers. Every time we hear the word health, we should ask ourselves whether that term refers to health itself, or to the much more limited concept of health care.

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There is growing evidence that the factor most responsible for the relatively poor health in the United States is the vast and rising inequality in wealth and income that we not only tolerate, but resist changing. Inequality is the central element, the upstream cause of the social disadvantage described in the IOM report. A political system that fosters inequality limits the attainment of health.

Excerpt published here.

Join NWCPHP, University Bookstore, Population Health Forum, and the Health Equity Circle for an evening of discussion on health inequality in America. Copies of Divided will be for sale at the event.

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