A growing body of research has highlighted the troubling reality that life expectancy in the Greater Washington region varies depending on factors seemingly unrelated to health, such as race, income, or even zip code. The roots of these disparities - from segregation, socioeconomic conditions, and racism, to health systems and public policy decisions - and how they impact health and overall wellbeing are the focus of Dr. Steven Woolf's work as director of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Join us to hear from Dr. Woolf about how addressing poverty, education, and the causes of racial disparities would improve not only the health of residents in our region, but also the larger economy and collective wellbeing. We will also learn how other metropolitan regions have collaborated across sectors to improve quality of life and opportunity for their residents.
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Steven Woolf, MD, MPH, has served as Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University's Center on Society and Health since he established it in 2007. He is also Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health at VCU. He has published more than 150 articles in a career that has focused on evidence-based medicine and the development of evidence-based clinical guidelines, with a special focus on preventive medicine, cancer screening, quality improvement, and social justice. His studies demonstrate that addressing poverty, education, and the causes of racial and ethnic disparities could accomplish far more to improve the health of Americans than investing predominantly in medical technological advances. In addition to scientific publications, he has tried to bring this message to policymakers and to the public through testimony in Congress, editorials in major newspapers, web-based tools, and speeches.