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Dr. Joycelyn Elders to talk about health disparities in visit to UIndy

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When former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders addresses students, faculty, and the public as part of UIndy’s 2016 University Series and Katherine Ratliff Symposium, she will be speaking straight to the heart of public health.

Joycelyn Elders“Dr. Joycelyn Elders: Healthcare Issues in the Minority Community” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, September 29, in Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. This free event is open to the public and L/P credit is available to UIndy students. Online registration is requested:

UIndy offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in public health. The university’s Master’s of Public Health program offers a specific focus on health disparities, defined as preventable differences in the health of various populations.

Dr. Elders was the first African American woman to hold the position of U.S. Surgeon General. She was known for her outspoken views and she served only 15 months before being forced to resign in 1994 as a result of her controversial remark about sex education. She is currently a professor emerita of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Katherine Ratliff Symposium
The Katherine Ratliff Memorial Conference on Ethics, Values and Human Responsibility was established in memory of Dr. Katharine G. “Kate” Ratliff. Dr. Ratliff was a University of Indianapolis faculty member from 1985 through 1990. She was a licensed clinical psychologist and taught psychology courses in the Department of Behavioral Sciences. She was a tireless advocate for her students and clients, and embodied a commitment to social justice and social responsibility.

Register for the Symposium Workshops here:


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