Dying While Black: Health, Race Subject of Jan. 24 TU Law Public Lecture

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Published on 1/11/07

Racial and economic disparities in access to health care in the U.S. will be discussed at a public lecture featuring Professor Vernellia Randall from the University of Dayton School of Law. Randall, who also is a nurse, examines the crisis in the American health care system affecting minority access to adequate health care and offers proposals for what can be done to implement positive changes in the health care system.

The lecture – based on Randall’s book, “Dying While Black” – will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, January 24, in Great Hall A at TU’s Allen Chapman Activity Center. A panel of local experts will respond to the themes and issues sounded by Randall in her lecture. NewsChannel 8 reporter Yvonne Harris will moderate the panel discussion, with panelists’ views presented by local physicians Dr. Jerome Wade and Dr. Susanne Thompson and Tulsa attorney Louis Bullock, who represents the plaintiffs in a high-profile class action lawsuit which raises issues relevant to the subject of Randall’s lecture. Additionally, Jan Figart, associate director of the community service council, will offer data concerning the impact of this health care crisis in Tulsa.

The lecture and panel discussion will be followed by a reception and book signing, all of which are free and open to the public.

The TU College of Law named Randall as the “Distinguished Scholar in Residence” for this academic year, and she will be interacting extensively with law students during her campus visit, Jan. 24-27. In addition to the public lecture, she will speak to students on “Bioethics and the Law” regarding blacks and human medical experimentation, and also will address students in a health law course and a course that focuses on race, racism and American law.

Randall writes and speaks across the world about race, women, and health care. She is the recipient of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health Chairman’s Award and was named one of the “Top 10 Most Influential African-Americans” on the 2001 Black Equal Opportunity Employment Journal list. Prior to obtaining her law degree, Randall worked in public health care for 15 years, focusing on eliminating disparities in health care for minorities and the poor.
The public lecture is sponsored by TU’s College of Law Enrichment Committee. Randall also will speak to the Rocky Mountain Regional Black Law Student Association Convention, which is being hosted this month in Tulsa by TU’s Charles Owens Black Law Students Association.