CHICAGO --- David Satcher, M.D., former U.S. Surgeon General, will discuss health disparities and health policy during the 2010 Hollister Lecture at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Oct. 28.
“Leadership in Reducing Disparities in Health,” will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 in the Hughes Auditorium of the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center, located at 303 E. Superior St. on the Chicago campus. It is free and open to the public.
“Dr. Satcher’s visit to Northwestern is exciting because he is a leader in the area of health disparities — a particularly timely topic, especially in Chicago,” says Arlene L. Hankinson M.D., instructor in the department of preventive medicine. “Recent national studies report that the city of Chicago experiences widening disparities in health status between blacks and whites; we want to explore this further.
As the 16th surgeon general of the United States, Satcher focused attention on healthy lifestyles and the elimination of health disparities as national public health issues. Currently, Satcher is the founding director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, an organization committed to developing health policy and clinical practices to reduce health disparities across racial and socioeconomic groups.
The Feinberg Program in Public Health (PPH) sponsors the Hollister Lecture Program, which supports events related to the improvement of public health. The Hollister Lecture was established in honor of Dr. John Hamilcar Hollister, one of the founders of the Chicago Medical School. The John H. Hollister Lecture Fund was established by his daughter Isabella Hollister Martin after his death in 1911.