Applied Health Sciences Distinguished Lecturer Series


Friday, April 6, 2018

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (reception and hors d'oeuvres to follow)

Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom

601 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana

If you need special accommodations or need documents in alternative formats, please contact the AHS Dean’s office at 217-333-2131 by March 23.

The inaugural lecture presented by Dr. Brian Smedley is entitled

Moving Upstream: Addressing Root Causes of Racial and Ethnic Health Inequities

About the Presentation

Racial and ethnic inequities in health remain persistent, despite notable efforts to expand access to health insurance coverage and care, as well as greater public and private sector attention to the social determinants of health. To make greater progress, we must focus more attention on the root causes of inequity, which are often the by-products of structural and systemic barriers to opportunity. To stimulate action, this talk will address challenges facing stakeholders and provide examples of evidence-based strategies to address “root causes” of health inequities.

About Dr. Smedley

Brian D. Smedley is Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity, a project that connects research, policy analysis, and communications with on-the-ground activism to advance health equity. From 2008 to 2014, Dr. Smedley was Vice President and Director of the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a research and policy organization focused on addressing the needs of communities of color. Formerly, Dr. Smedley was Research Director and co-founder of a communications, research, and policy organization called The Opportunity Agenda. He was also a former Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), where he served as Study Director for several IOM reports on health disparities.


Brian Smedley

Brian Smedley, PhD

Executive Director
National Collaborative for Health Equity