In the history of the United States, there has never been equal access to health care nor has there been equality in health status. This is due to our nation’s long history of slavery, followed by legally-sanctioned and enforced segregation, unequal opportunity, bias discrimination and unequal opportunity. During the twentieth century, there was significant improvement in the health of all Americans, but a persistent gap remains in the better health of whites and the lower health status of blacks.
Part of Grand Rounds for the Department of Medicine, this is the first of two public talks by Louis W. Sullivan, MD during his visit to Washington University. Dr. Sullivan was secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in the administration of President George H. W. Bush, and is president emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine.
Event Sponsors: School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine, the Brown School, and the Institute for Public Health