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The Medicalization of Poverty

Event Type
University of Illinois College of Law
Apr 4, 2019 - Apr 5, 2019   All Day
Robin Wilson
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The Epstein Health Law and Policy Program presents


The Medicalization of Poverty


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.


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Panel Presentation

Faculty Lounge and Conference Center

College of Law Building

504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, Champaign

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Reception to follow


Friday, April 5, 2019

Roundtable Discussion with Public Health Officials

Discovery Partners Institute

200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago

9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Lunch and public discussion at 12 pm

The April 5 course in Chicago is approved for 3.50 Illinois MCLE general credit hours.

Featured Speakers

Marissa Levine


University of South Florida College of Public Health

Former State Health Commissioner

Virginia Department of Health



Robin Fretwell Wilson

Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law

Director of Epstein Health Law and Policy Program

University of Illinois College of Law



Ruby Mendenhall

Associate Professor

Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, Social Work

University of Illinois



These events are jointly provided and co-sponsored by:


University of Illinois College of Law

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative

Discovery Partners Institute

Health and Elder Law Society

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