Social Justice Series: Economic and Political Inequality, A Threat to Public Health

The 8th Annual Social Justice in Public Health Speaker Series

August 31, 2022
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The 8th annual Social Justice in Public Health Lecture series kicks off from 5-7 pm, September 1 over Zoom. 

Touro University California offers an annual Social Justice Seminar Series hosted by the Public Health Program which is an innovative collection of lectures from experts in the field of public policy, public health and social justice, designed for students in public health, medicine, pharmacy, education and nursing; community leaders and advocates for social change. The purpose of this seminar series is to provide an introduction to topics in social justice and public health, with relevant readings and discussions on the social determinants of health and the impacts of specific public health crises.To help us understand and untangle the upstream root causes, implications, opportunities and solutions of these critical determinants, we have a five part series with leading experts from across the country and state as well from our local communities right here in Solano County. Each year we have a new topic - This year's topic is titled "Economic and Political inequality - a threat to public health."

Upcoming Speakers
This fall’s series will include Mayor Libby Schaaf, Mayor Michael Tubbs, Vallejo Activists Kim DeOcampo and Dr. Kerby Lynch and Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Frank Franklin.

*All series sessions will take place via Zoom and registration is free. Please register for sessions in advance.


September 1st
5pm - 7pm

Economic and Political Inequality: A Threat to Public Health

Daniel E. Dawes, J.D. Executive Director of Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine

Author of “ The Political Determinants of Health”, will provide a thought provoking keynote address on the American process of politics and economics as a determinant of health and why we must address political determinants to create a socially just and healthy society.



September 8th
5pm - 7pm

Reparations as a Public Health

Kerby Lynch, PhD, Ceres Policy Research
Corrina Gould, Sogorea Te’ Land Trust
Kim DeOcampo, Sogorea Te’ Land Trust

African Americans and Native Americans are two groups that have been most affected by structural racism resulting in disparities in health outcomes. Recent attention has shifted to reparations as part of the solution to inequities. The members of this panel will discuss strategies for reparation and the role reparation can play in reducing the health gap.



September 22nd
5pm - 7pm

Poverty in California: Mayors for Guaranteed Income

Mayor Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland
Michael Tubbs, Founder, End Poverty in California (EPIC)
Mayor Darrel Steinberg, Mayor of Sacramento

Join Emeritus Mayor Michael Tubbs and Mayor Libby Schaff in a discussion of how California can address the housing and economic insecurity crisis by offering guaranteed income to members of the community most at risk.



October 13th
5pm - 7pm

Health Impacts of Housing

Cheri Honkala, Co-founder of Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign

The connections between where we live, work and socialize to health outcomes are well documented in the disparities in lifespan by zip code and other geographically determined measures. Panel experts will discuss the public health consequences of housing, residential segregation and gentrification.



October 27th
5pm - 7pm

Economic Inequality and Public Health- Strategies and Solutions

Frank Franklin, PhD, JD, MPH, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Dr. Frank Franklin, Deputy Health Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health will wrap up the 8th annual TUC Social Justice in Public Health Speaker Series with an overview of the Public Health Strategies and Solutions to address economic inequality and the resulting health burden in our communities.