Health Equity Symposium

Every fall semester, the Student Pre-Health Committee (SPHC) and the Center for Pre-Health Advising (CPHA) invite you to a Health Equity Symposium. The focus in Fall 2019 was on intersections between health and dimensions of life and human experience that impact health and health care outcomes. Quinton Cotton gave the keynote address, “Positionality: Grounding Equity and Intersectionality Work.”

Cotton discussed the fact that achieving health equity requires an understanding of differences in life opportunities and outcomes as the product of values, beliefs, narratives, policies and other influencers in a society. He demonstrated how positionality must be examined in order to discern spectrums of difference, such as identity. Only when positionality is examined in a fine-grained way can we refine methods for achieving health equity.

Keynote at 5:30 pm (Humanities 1121)

Breakout sessions (6:30-8 pm)

Health is more than the absence of disease. Health is about jobs and unemployment, education, the environment, and all of those things that go into making us healthy.