Symposium on The Medicalization of Poverty – Call for Proposals

April 18, 2017

When:
November 2, 2017 – November 3, 2017 all-day
2017-11-02T00:00:00-05:00
2017-11-04T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
504 E Pennsylvania Ave
Champaign, IL 61820
USA

Call for Proposals
Symposium:  The Medicalization of Poverty
November 2-3 2017, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
(Resulting Papers to be published in The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (2018))
It is well documented that a number of diseases are strongly linked to poverty, and poverty is a strong predictor of health status.  A second aspect of poverty is less well-explored: we have medicalized poverty. We spend inordinate amounts of money and other resources to address healthcare needs brought on by poverty instead of providing for the tangible needs of the poor before illness strikes.  We treat the symptom, not the problem. How can we do better?

This Symposium will bring together experts on the connection between poverty, disease burden, and healthcare expenditures to explore creative approaches for improving the life chances of the most disadvantaged among us.  The healthcare system itself may have a transformative role to play. And local, state, and federal governments may be able to shape the contours of that role—for example, by supporting innovative community-based approaches to poverty through tax policies for nonprofit hospitals.  Presenters will examine not only how healthcare providers can be agents of change, but also whether there are levers that policymakers can pull to lessen poverty’s cost.

The Symposium will be co-convened by Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson, Director of the Epstein Health Law and Policy Program at the University of Illinois College and Law, and Professor Lois Shepherd, Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Public Health Sciences, and Law at the University of Virginia.

Confirmed participants include:

*   Professor Mark Hall, Director of Health Law and Policy Program, the Wake Forest School of Law
*   Ruth Gaare Bernheim, Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Virginia and Co-Director of The Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life
*   Professor Richard Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at the University of Illinois and a leading expert in elder law
*   Professor Dayna Matthew, the Director of the Health Law and Policy Program and Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School, a well-respected voice in public heath
*   Professor Mary Crossley, a leading disability scholar and former dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law
*   Professor Elizabeth Weeks Leonard, the J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law at the University of Georgia School of Law
*   Professor William M. Sage, James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law
*   Professor David Orentlicher, Co-Director of the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
*   Professor Ruby Mendenhall of the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois
*   Professor David A. Hyman, Georgetown University School of Law
*   Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson, Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law, Director of Epstein Health Law and Policy Program, University of Illinois College of Law
*   Professor Daniel Becker, Tussi and John Kluge Professor of Palliative Medicine and Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, University of Virginia School of Medicine
*   Professor Monica Uddin, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois
*   Professor Lois Shepherd, Peter A. Wallenborn, Jr. and Dolly F. Wallenborn Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Professor of Health Sciences, Professor of Law, University of Virginia
The Symposium is sponsored by:

*   The Epstein Health Law and Policy Program at the University of Illinois College of Law<www.law.illinois.edu/faculty/health-law-and-policy>
*   The University of Virginia School of Medicine Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities<med.virginia.edu/biomedical-ethics/>
*   The University of Virginia School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences<med.virginia.edu/phs/faculty-and-staff-directory/ruth-gaare-bernheim-j-d-m-p-h/>
*   The Carle Foundation
*   The Carle Illinois College of Medicine
*   The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology<www.igb.illinois.edu/> at the University of Illinois and
*   The Family Law & Policy Program<www.law.illinois.edu/faculty/family-law-and-policy> at the University of Illinois College of Law.

We are seeking proposals for presentations and symposium articles.  Proposals by newer scholars are especially welcome, including graduate students, visiting assistant professors, and professors before tenure.  Proposals from newer scholars will be given special consideration.
Each invited scholar will have a 15-minute presentation time plus added time for Q&A, so there should be plenty of time to explore your ideas with some depth. Selected scholars will submit short thought pieces for publication in a 2018 issue of The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics by January 15, 2018, of roughly 4500 words, inclusive of endnotes.
We will provide travel and accommodations to selected scholars. Invited scholars are expected to attend the entire conference.
While all proposals relating to the Medicalization of Poverty will be considered, the conference organizers are particularly interested in receiving proposals on the following questions:

*   How can Big Data play a role here?
*   Community health needs assessments—who drives them and how they are done?
*   Models and measurements of community resilience
*   Is there a role for health systems to play and are there successful programs that should be scaled up?
*   Are we giving enough attention to mental health care and its effects on physical health? Are we giving the right kinds of attention to mental health?
*   What role does education and health education play in health outcomes that become to subject of medical/hospital care?
*   Is a convergence of health systems and public health systems needed or fruitful?

Please limit abstracts for your proposal to 250 words. The deadline for proposals is May 15, 2017.  Submissions will receive a response by May 31, 2017.
Proposals should be sent to Professors Wilson and Shepherd at [email protected].   More information about the conference can be found at law.illinois.edu/faculty-research/specialty-programs/epstein-health-law-and-policy/.

Symposium Editors

Robin Fretwell Wilson<www.law.illinois.edu/faculty/profile/robinfretwellwilson>, J.D.
Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law
Co-Director, Epstein Health Law and Policy Program
Director, Family Law and Policy Program
University of Illinois College of Law

Lois Shepherd, J.D.<content.law.virginia.edu/faculty/adjunct-profile/lls4b/1207968> <content.law.virginia.edu/faculty/adjunct-profile/lls4b/1207968>
Peter A. Wallenborn, Jr. and Dolly F. Wallenborn Professor of Biomedical Ethics
Professor of Public Health Sciences
Professor of Law
University of Virginia
Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities

 

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