Health Care Access & Coverage | Health Equity

Voting, Structural Racism, and Health Inequities

Virtual Conversation with Nicole Austin-Hillery, JD, Daniel E. Dawes, JD, and Javier Rodríguez, PhD, moderated by Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. February 12, 2021 Virtual Event

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The 2020 election brought the connection between voting and health to the forefront. Despite a constitutional right to vote, voter suppression and voter disempowerment cultivate an electorate and government that is less inclusive and less representative, which exacerbates inequities in political power and in health and well-being. Our experts discussed the connections between voting access, voter suppression, and policy, and how voting can affect efforts to address racism and eliminate health inequities.

Co-hosted with Bold Solutions, a University of Pennsylvania initiative aimed at addressing the effects of interpersonal, structural, and institutional racism on health; and co-sponsored by Opportunity for Health Lab.

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Nicole Austin-Hillery, JD

Executive Director, U.S. Program, Human Rights Watch

Daniel Dawes

Daniel E. Dawes, JD

Executive Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine 

Javier Rodriguez

Javier Rodríguez, PhD

Mary Toepelt Nicolai and George S. Blair Associate Professor, Claremont Graduate University

Atheendar Venkataramani

Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD (moderator)

Assistant Professor, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine

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