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Elena and Miles Zaremski Law-Medicine Forum

"Dying While Black: Why the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is Inadequate for Eliminating 21st Century Discrimination"

VERNELLIA R. RANDALL
Professor of Law
University of Dayton School of Law

Co-sponsored by:
Black Law Students' Association
Student Health Law Association


February 18, 2009 * Noon - 1 PM
School of Law Moot Courtroom (A59)


• African Americans are dying at a significant higher rate than whites.
• This health deficit is due to racial inequities in the social determinants of health.
• One social determinant of health is lack of access to quality health care.
• These health care inequities are due, in significant part to, 21st century discrimination.
• The civil rights act of 1964 is inadequate to address 21st century discrimination for several reasons, including the lack of a modern definition.
• There needs to be a new title to the civil rights law that addresses health care discrimination.

A professor at the University of Dayton School of Law since 1990, Vernellia Randall writes extensively and speaks internationally about race, women, and health care. She received the Ohio Commission on Minority Health Chairmanˇ¦s Award, and was named to the 2001 Black Equal Opportunity Employment Journal list of ˇˇ±Top 10 Most Influential African-Americans.ˇ¨

Prof. Randall first worked as a nurse, earning her B.S.N. from the University of Texas, Austin (1971) and her M.S.N. from the University of Washington (1978). She provided public health nursing services and was an administrator for a statewide health program in Alaska. Involved in public health for more than 15 years, Prof. Randall focused on eliminating disparities in health care for minorities and the poor.

To become more effective in her mission, she went on to earn a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School (1987) and became an associate with a Portland, Oregon, law firm specializing in health care law and issues relating to health and disability insurance coverage. She also was an adjunct faculty member at Lewis and Clark College.

Prof. Randall has been a consultant to the Clinton administration advisory committee on health care reform and a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Health. In addition, she was an expert witness in the State of Missouri v. Philip Morris trial. She has been recognized in Who's Who in the World since 1995 and Who's Who in the U.S. since 1998.

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Elena and Miles Zaremski Law-Medicine Forum - Funded by the Elena C. and Miles J. Zaremski Lecture Fund in Health Care Law, this series is made possible through a generous donation by alumnus Miles Zaremski (JD 1973), Zaremski LawGroup.

The Center sponsors frequent lunch-time lectures.