Zocolo Public Square is holding a free public forum, “How Do We Solve Health Inequality?” this Thursday, May 12, at 7:30PM at the California Endowment, 1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles:
A Zócalo/UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs/W.K. Kellogg Foundation Event
Moderated by Sarah Varney, health reporter, KQED San Francisco
Poverty and low social status have long been shown to correlate with shorter lives among many groups of Americans. In a nation where incomes have clustered at the bottom or top more than any time since the 1920s, health outcomes for low-income Americans are particularly grim: rates of infant mortality, cancer and other diseases tend to be significantly higher among poor residents, the same people who are least likely to receive quality health care. The inequities have important consequences for California and the nation as a whole, but what can we do about it? Zócalo presents a panel including Larry Adelman, creator and executive producer of the documentary Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?; Tony Iton, senior vice president for healthy communities at The California Endowment; and urban planner Ryan Snyder to discuss what these challenges mean for California’s future and how we can solve them in a way that improves health outcomes and the quality of life for everyone.