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'A New Urban Hospital in St. Louis: Sustainability, Accessibility, Parity' Discussion

Thursday, 02 November, 2017

Jason Keune, M.D., director of SLU’s Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics, lead a conversation, “A New Urban Hospital in St. Louis: Sustainability, Accessibility, Parity: A Discussion with Catalina Freixas, LEED AP BD+C and Harold Braswell, Ph.D.,” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Health Sciences Education Union’s auditorium.

A reception and networking opportunities will follow the conversation.

Freixas, assistant professor of architecture, in collaboration with Mark Abbott, professor of history and director of the Center for Neighborhood Development at Harris-Stowe State University, launched “Segregation by Design” in the fall 2016.  Developed as part of The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative, funded by the Mellon Foundation, the research explores both the historic roots and present-day reality of residential urban segregation, and the mechanisms that have institutionalized inequality in the American city. Freixas is a two-time recipient of grants through The Divided City, a Melon Foundation Initiative, which have allowed her to research issues of race, segregation and urbanism in post-industrial cities such as St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Detroit through the lens of indicators for sustainability, inclusion and community resiliency. Additional support for this work was provided by Ferguson Academic Seed Funds and the Creative Activity Research grant to complete the book proposal Segregation by Design: Conversations and Calls for Action from St. Louis. Freixas has received numerous grants including funding from the Center for Health Research & Design to research and develop a methodology for the optimization of health care office spaces.

Braswell is an assistant professor of health care ethics at SLU. His work focuses on the intersection of bioethics and disability studies, with a specialization in disability at the end of life. He has recently completed the manuscript of a book entitled A Dying Family: Bioethics and the Crisis of Freedom in US Hospice Care. The book examines how the structure of US hospice care impacts medical decision making at the end-of-life. The book is currently under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press. It draws on his peer-reviewed article “Can there be a Disability Studies Theory of End-of-Life Autonomy?” which appeared in Disability Studies Quarterly. He has also published peer-reviewed articles on medicine and ethics in the Journal of Medical Humanities, Social Science and Medicine, and the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience.