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Social Justice Series: The Death Gap - In the Wake of COVID-19
The US, one of the most developed countries in the world has the most persistent gaps in life expectancy across racial and ethnic groups. Dr. Ansel will provide an overview of the social determinants and structural racisms that contributes to the gaps in life expectancy and discuss policies and solutions to eliminate the gaps.

Nov 19, 2020 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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David Ansell MD, MPH
David Ansell is Senior VP for Community Health Equity at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. His efforts at both the national & local levels have advanced concerns about health inequities & the structure of the US health care system. Dr. Ansell’s years as a provider to the medically underserved have made him a vocal supporter of single-payer health care. He spent 17 years at Cook County Hospital upon which the medical TV drama ER was based. Ansell was inspired by his time at Cook County Hospital to write a memoir & social history entitled County: Life, Death, & Politics in Chicago’s Public Hospital which has been hailed as a "landmark book" aiming to inform & to inspire readers about the disparities in health care. His most recent book, The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills, uncovers the myriad ways in which structural racism; in housing, employment, education, & health care; creates unacceptable disparities in life expectancy that are preventable & therefore morally unacceptable.