Day 2--Health Inequities and Employment: The Continued Struggle for Justice

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Day 2--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

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

It will open the second day of the symposium and explore employment inequities and health inequities.

  • Matthew Bodie, Callis Family Professor of Law; Co-Director, William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law, Saint Louis University School of Law
  • Moderator: Marcia L. McCormick, Professor, William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law, Saint Louis University School of Law
  • Jamillah Williams, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Andrea G. Baran, Regional Attorney, EEOC, St. Louis
  • Heather Walter-McCabe, Assistant Professor of Law and Social Work, Wayne State University Law School
  • William M. Rodgers, III Federal Reserve Bank, St. Louis

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

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. // Panel 2: Workers, Employment Practices, and 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

It will allow workers and organizations to discuss the employment practices that harm them as well as the negative health outcomes.

  • Kenzia Scales, Director of Policy Research at PHI
  • Zulma Torres, PHI Home Health Care Worker
  • Ashley Mosely, Cook, COPE Committee Member, and on the Executive Board of SEIU Health Care
  • Laura Barett, Missouri Campaign Coordinator, SEIU Health Care IL/IN/MO/KS

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

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. // Panel 3: Workers, Power, and Health

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

It explores the employment practices that harm workers, workers lack of power to address the problems, and worker health inequities

  • Athena Ramos, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Tyra Robinson, Attorney, Public Justice Center
  • César Rosado Marzán, Professor, University of Iowa College of Law
  • Peggie Smith, Professor, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

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

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. // Panel 4: Theories & Practices: Beginning to Address Employment and Health Inequities

Moderator: Ana Santos Rutschman, Assistant Professor, Center for Health Law Studies, Center for International and Comparative Law, Saint Louis University School of Law

It explores how the health justice framework, and the theory of bounded justice can be used to address employment and health inequities. The panel will also discuss the work advocates are doing and how it has addressed employment practices and discrimination that is associated with health inequities

Theory & Practice:

  • Melissa Creary, Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • Ruqaiijah Yearby, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Healing Justice & Equity and Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law
  • Pilar Whitaker, Attorney, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights / Brenda Lea-Morrison, Public Policy Intern, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
  • Cassandra Gomez, Attorney, A Better Balance

Webinar Date

4-1-2022

Keywords

Health, Inequities, Employment, Continued, Struggle, Justice

Disciplines

Law

Day 2--Health Inequities and Employment: The Continued Struggle for Justice

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