The Medicalization of Poverty Symposium

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The Medicalization of Poverty Symposium

Foundation Day & Scholars Workshop | November 2-3, 2017

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The Medicalization of Poverty Symposium aims to bring together experts in medicine, law, policy, and ethics to explore the connection between poverty, disease burden, and healthcare expenditures. It is well documented that a number of diseases are strongly linked to poverty, and poverty is a strong predictor of health status. But a second aspect of poverty is less well-explored — that we have medicalized poverty. We spend inordinate amounts of money and other resources to address healthcare needs brought on by poverty instead of providing for the tangible needs of the poor before illness strikes. We treat the symptom, not the problem. This gathering is to consider “How can we do better? And what role can law and policy play?” The goal of this Symposium is to bring sustained energy and new voices to the challenge of developing creative approaches to improve the health and life chances of the most disadvantaged in our society.

This Symposium will span two days, with Thursday, November 2, 2017 devoted to “Foundation Day” and Friday, November 3, 2017 devoted to a Scholars Workshop.

Keynote speakers for Foundation Day:
● James J. Heckman, PhD – Nobel Laureate and Economist, University of Chicago – speaking about Healthy Communities
● Evelyn Sanguinetti – Lieutenant Governor, State of Illinois – speaking about the Opioid Crisis and the Illinois Opioid Overdose Prevention & Intervention Task Force

Other featured Foundation Day speakers include:
● Tomás León, MBA – Senior Vice President, Marketing and Strategy, Equality Health (Arizona)
● David Olds, PhD – Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Preventive Medicine and Nursing at University of Colorado Denver, as well as Director, Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health

Keynote speakers for Scholars Workshop:
● Governor Thomas Thompson – former Secretary of Health and Human Services and Governor of Wisconsin
● Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH – State Health Commissioner, Virginia Department of Health

The symposium is jointly provided and co-sponsored by the Carle health system, the Epstein Health Law and Policy Program at the University of Illinois College of Law, the University of Virginia Department of Public Health Sciences, the University of Virginia School of Medicine Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, and MedAxiom.

Fee: FREE (but space will be limited)

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be received in writing no later than seven (7) days prior to the conference. Notice of cancellations and/or transfer requests must be made in writing