As part of its bicentennial celebration, Saint Louis University will host a conference celebrating the work and research performed by University faculty, students and alumni in the areas of health, health care, public health and health law.
The conference will be held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 13-14, on the University campus.
In a Catholic, Jesuit University, social justice finds its origin in the dignity of every human being made in the image and likeness of God. As part of its mission, SLU has supported the promotion of health, health care, public health and health law in service to the social ideals of justice afforded by the dignity of every human being.
The health of human beings is not only the health of individuals, but also needs the proper social and legal conditions that enable the health of communities. The conference on Health and Social Justice seeks to celebrate the University’s work and accomplishments in these areas.
Abraham M. Nussbaum, M.D., is the chief education officer at Denver Health and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he also serves as an assistant dean in Graduate Medical Education. He earned a medical degree and completed psychiatry residency at the University of North Carolina, and a master’s degree in theology at Duke. He has authored three psychiatric textbooks and a memoir, The Finest Traditions of My Calling: One Physician’s Search for the Renewal of Medicine, which The New York Times called “dazzling and instructive.”
Nussbaum's talk will be based on his book chapter titled "Far From Disadvantage: Encountering Persons With Mental Illness."
Emilie M. Townes, Ph.D., D.Min., an American Baptist clergywoman, is a native of Durham, North Carolina. She holds a D.Min. from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Ph.D. in religion in society and personality from Northwestern University. Townes is the dean and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, becoming the first African American to serve as its dean in 2013. She is the former Mellon Professor of African-American Religion and Theology at Yale University Divinity School, where she was the first African American and first woman to serve as associate dean for Academic Affairs.
In 2008, she was the first African-American woman to serve as president of the American Academy of Religion and recently served as president of the Society for the Study of Black Religion from 2012 to 2016. She taught on the faculties of Union Theological Seminary in New York and Saint Paul School of Theology. She is the editor of two collection of essays, author of four books including her groundbreaking book, Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil. She is a co-editor of two books. Townes was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.
Townes will present her talk titled “Breaking the Fine Rain of Death.”
Daniel E. Dawes, J.D., is a nationally recognized leader in the movement to advance health equity among under-resourced, vulnerable and marginalized communities. An attorney, scholar and health policy expert, Dawes brings a forward-thinking, inclusive and multidisciplinary approach to the law and public policy, and has been at the forefront of recent major federal health policy negotiations in the United States. Among his many achievements, he was an instrumental figure in shaping the Mental Health Parity Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”).
Highly respected for his ability to achieve sound policy changes in a nonpartisan manner, Dawes lectures on health law, policy and management, serves as an advisor to international, national, regional, state and municipal policymakers, as well as think tanks, foundations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. In addition, he is the co-founder of the Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network (HELEN), which is a nationwide nonpartisan network of more than 1,500 governmental and non-governmental leaders and scholars focused on bolstering leadership and the exchange of research, ideas and information relative to the advancement of evidence-based health equity-related legislation, regulations, policies and programs.
He will present his talk titled "A Past, Present and Future Look at Health Equity in America: Changing the Consciousness and Addressing the Political Determinants of Health."
The film selection is The Color of Medicine:The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital.
As CEO of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network (IHN), Bethany Johnson-Javois leads a $1.7 million non-profit that serves the region’s safety net health care providers and the local community to promote the mission of providing quality, affordable, accessible care to all with an emphasis on serving the underserved.
Her leadership in the health care sector has garnered notable recognition including being selected by Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri as a 2016 Silver Bell Award recipient for her outstanding community service, leadership, vision and values, and being selected as St. Louis Children’s Hospital 2015 Community Advocate of the Year. She was also selected by the St. Louis Business Journal 2015 Class Diverse Business Leaders and received the Access to Equal Justice Award from the Washington University School of Law’s Clinical Education Program. Under her leadership, the IHN was chosen as the St. Louis American’s Advocacy Organization of the Year in 2012. Johnson-Javois is a 2018 inductee of the Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health, Gamma Sigma Chapter at Washington University's Brown School.
She possesses more than 15 years of experience working and volunteering in the non-profit sector for organizations that positively impact the quality of life for disadvantaged populations. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Deaconess Foundation, as a board member for the Missouri Foundation for Health and as a member of the Executive Advisory Council for Missouri State University College of Business. As a licensed Evangelist Missionary in the Church of God in Christ, she is a noted motivational speaker and facilitator around spiritual development and leadership purpose.
Notably, Johnson-Javois was named the managing director for the Ferguson Commission. The Ferguson Commission, an independent, volunteer group appointed by former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, was charged with addressing the underlying root causes that led to the unrest in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. After a comprehensive study that included extensive community engagement, the Commission published an unflinching report of its findings and 189 calls to action that chart a new path toward healing and positive change for the residents of the St. Louis region.
Harold Braswell is an assistant professor of health care ethics at Saint Louis University. His research addresses contemporary problems in U.S. bioethics, with a particular focus on end-of-life decision making. His approach is interdisciplinary, integrating bioethics with the history of medicine, medical anthropology and disability studies.
He is currently finishing a book titled A Dying Family: U.S. Hospice Care and the Crisis of Freedom at the End of Life (under contract at Johns Hopkins University Press), and beginning another study of hospice and housing discrimination in St. Louis. His published articles have appeared in journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Disability Studies Quarterly, The American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience and Studies in Law, Politics and Society, and won awards from the Hastings Center, the Society for Disability Studies, and the University of Chicago Program in Medicine and Religion.
Joyce Marie Fitzpatrick is an award-winning producer, writer and director who has enjoyed a career in television, film and promotion. She has produced, written and directed several feature-length documentaries, including “Sunshine, Noodles and Me” (aired on PBS) and “Discovering Mary,” along with several mini-docs, short films, web-series, comedy sketches, animation, music videos and promos.
Her experience includes credits for ABC, NBC, CW/UPN, BET, E! Entertainment, PBS and, the Discovery Channel. Fitzpatrick is currently working on several new projects and continually writes. She is always looking for fresh talent in all areas of film and TV.