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Health Disparities Seminar Series

March 2011 Seminar Series
On the basis of a compelling social justice argument, government and philanthropy have devoted significant resources to develop research and interventions for addressing inequalities in health status and health care. The moral imperative of addressing health and health care inequalities was brought to the forefront of the public consciousness by the release of the Institute of Medicine's 2002 report, Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. However, while there is a convincing social justice argument for confronting racial and ethnic health inequalities, there are also economic consequences associated with having a large segment of society suffer higher rates of illness and premature death and face inadequate access to quality health care.

Dr. Thomas A. LaVeist, director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is the featured speaker for the March 17th NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series. Within the context of the March seminar theme on Health Economics: Policy Implications for Health Disparities, Dr. LaVeist's presentation will focus on research on the economic burden of health disparities in the United States using three measures: (1) direct medical costs of health inequalities, (2) indirect costs of health inequalities, and (3) costs of premature death. He will discuss some of the findings from his research and the financial burden health disparities are putting on America's health care system and society at large.

Presentation Title: The Economic Burden of Health Inequalities in the United States

Guest Speaker:

Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D (Click here for bio)
William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy
Professor of Health Policy and Management
Director, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions
Professor of Sociology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Date/Time: Thursday, March 17, 2011
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: NIH Campus
Natcher Building, Balcony A

45 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892

Additional Information: There is limited parking on the NIH campus. The closest Metro is Medical Center. Please allow adequate time for security check. The seminar will be video cast and made available in the NIH Video archives and on the NIMHD website within a few days following the seminar. Sign Language Interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Edgar Dews at 301-402-1366 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

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