CSCG Programs Address Health Care Access

The Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good is addressing inequities in health care this semester, keeping with its mission of considering the ethics inherent in scientific endeavors.

The series on inequities in health care continues with the upcoming program, “The Future of the Affordable Care Act: What’s Worked and What Needs Fixing?” Heather Howard, director of the State Health Reform Assistance Network, Princeton University/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will speak Sept. 27 in Olin Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Additionally, a program “A Decade of Teaching on Health Disparities: Incorporating Equity and Advocacy” is set for Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in Olin Auditorium. Dr. Vela is associate professor of medicine and associate dean for multicultural affairs at the Pritzker School Medicine, University of Chicago.

The first in the series took place Sept. 12 in Olin Auditorium. “Addressing Inequalities in Health and in Access of Health Care”featured three panelists who addressed the issue of minority and immigrant populations in the U.S. which suffer from poorer health and have less access to health care. The panelists were:

Said A. Ibrahim M.D., co-director Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs;

Giang T. Nguyen, M.D., clinical associate professor of family medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine;

Nicole Vaugh, assistant professor, Donrsife School of Public Health, Drexel University.

The Center for Science and the Common Good, in its fourth year, shapes responsible citizen-scientists through programs that unite the Ursinus culture of research and creativity with the reflection and judgment cultivated by the Common Intellectual Experience. Supported by an Undergraduate Science Education Grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the center offers a speakers series, a student Fellows program, a FUTURE program (pairing students from groups underrepresented in the sciences, with student and faculty mentors), and new courses and internships at the intersection of science and society.– W.G.