Day 1--Health Inequities and Employment: The Continued Struggle for Justice

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Day 1--Health Inequities and Employment: The Continued Struggle for Justice

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Employment and health inequities are inextricably linked, which has been illustrated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Essential workers, who are predominately racial and ethnic minorities, have disproportionately been infected, hospitalized, and died from Covid-19. Low-wage women workers have lost jobs and health insurance coverage at higher rates than men during the pandemic, while elderly, disabled, and pregnant workers have often been denied accommodations that would protect them from the workplace exposure of Covid-19. Although federal, state, and local government and public health officials have acknowledged that social conditions, such as housing and education, limit an individual’s ability to be healthy, they have failed to make the connection between employment and health inequities. This two day symposium entitled, Health Inequities and Employment: The Continued Struggle for Justice, will convene workers, scholars, lawyers, and community advocates to not only highlight the connection between employment and health inequities, but also to create a plan for utilizing public health, civil rights, and employment laws to address health inequities. This event is co-sponsored by the Saint Louis University Law Journal, the Wefel Center for Employment Law, and the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity. The proceedings will be published in the Saint Louis University Law Journal.

Schedule

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. // Introduction and Welcome

  • Ruqaiijah Yearby, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Healing Justice & Equity and Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law
  • William Johnson, Dean and Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. // Panel 1: Intersectionality: Employment Practices and Health Inequities

The panel will open the symposium and discuss the myriad of ways that employment practices prevent marginalized social groups (racial and ethnic minorities, the disabled, LGBTQIA, women and those with multiple social identities) from equal access to health care and resources to be healthy.

Moderator: Miriam Cherry, Professor; Co-Director, William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law, Associate Dean for Research and Engagement, Saint Louis University School of Law

  • Ruqaiijah Yearby, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Healing Justice & Equity and Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law
  • Rebecca Cokley, Program Officer of Disability Rights, Center for American Progress
  • Jennifer Cohen, Assistant Professor of Global and Intercultural Studies, Miami University
  • Yvette Cozier, Associate Dean for Diversity, Boston University School of Public Health

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. // Break

10:45 a.m. -12:00 p.m. // Panel 2: Work Culture & Autonomy

It will explore the effects of discrimination on women’s health and well-being, both in terms of conduct that happens in the workplace, but also in terms of how workplace rules, both formal and informal, have spillover effects on mental and physical health.

Moderator: Crystal Lewis, Public Health Law Analyst, Institute for Health Justice & Equity, Adjunct Professor, Saint Louis University

  • Tristin Green, Professor and Dean’s Circle Scholar at University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Michelle Ceynar, Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of Psychology and Chair of Faculty, Pacific Lutheran University
  • Wendy Greene, Professor of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
  • Veena Dubal, Professor of Law, University of California Hastings Law, San Francisco

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. // Lunch Break

PANEL 3--WAS NOT RECORDED!

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. // Panel 3: Discrimination, Economics, and Health Outcomes

It will examine the ways that discrimination and stress impact health outcomes.

Moderator: Ruqaiijah Yearby, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Healing Justice & Equity and Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law

  • Catherine Harnois, Professor of Sociology, Wake Forest workplace mistreatment and health inequalities
  • David H. Chae, Human Sciences Associate Professor & Director of the Society, Health and Racial Equity Lab, Auburn University
  • Jessica Owens-Young, Assistant Professor of Health Studies, American University
  • Caryn Bell, Assistant Professor, Tulane University School of Public Health

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. // Break

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. // Panel 4: Community Advocacy: Beginning to Address Health and Employment Inequities

It will allow you to discuss your community advocacy and how it has addressed employment practices and discrimination that is associated with health inequities.

Moderator: Ruqaiijah Yearby, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Healing Justice & Equity and Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law

  • Sari Bilick, Organizing Project Director at Human Impact Partners (HIP)
  • Ciearra Walker, Project Coordinator at STL Community Health Worker Coalition
  • Faybra Hemphill, Forward Through Ferguson
  • Maya Hazarika Watts, ChangeLab Solutions

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. // Closing and Healing Practice

Webinar Date

3-31-2022

Keywords

Health, Inequities, Employment, Struggle, Justice

Disciplines

Law

Day 1--Health Inequities and Employment: The Continued Struggle for Justice

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