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Discovery Partners Institute, Chicago, IL

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. Through expert-led panel discussions, we will explore the connection between poverty, disease burden, and healthcare expenditures — and 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.


  • Dr. Marissa Levine, Former State Health Commissioner, Virginia Department of Health

  • Professor Ruby Mendenhall, University of Illinois

  • Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson

Co-sponsored by College of Law, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, Discovery Partners Institute, and Health and Elder Law Society.