Health Law & Policy Roundtable: Health Equity Priorities in 2022

Recorded at the Movement is Life Caucus, our panel of health law thought leaders continue their discussion about the shaping of American law to reduce health disparities and protect human dignity.  Featuring Frank McClellan, JD, LLM, Law Professor Emeritus from Temple University and author of “Healthcare and Human Dignity”; D. Deone Powell, ESQ, from HIV and primary care organization Philadelphia FIGHT; Cara McClellan, JD, from The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; and caucus keynote speaker Daniel Dawes, JD, from Morehouse School of Medicine, author of “150 Years of ObamaCare” and “The Political Determinants of Health.”

“We have got to continue having conversations like this around race and place and class, and not avoid these very challenging topics, because its critical to understand when the social and political determinants of health are in play.”
Daniel Dawes, JD, Morehouse School of Medicine

“As we are thinking about infrastructure in this country, equity has to be central to that, in transportation, healthcare, our schools, and technology. And we need to support healthy communities in a meaningful way in terms of climate, access to food, and all the things that structure health inequities.”
Cara McClellan, JD, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

“We are serving our patients by actively recruiting doctors and providers that reflect the population that we serve, and we are going to continue to support these people that have such an impact on folks’ lives by making sure they have the resources they need, so we can remain to be the culturally competent healthcare organization that folks know us to be.”
D. Deone Powell, ESQ, Philadelphia FIGHT  

“We now have for the first time in US history, an administration that is committed to the advancement of health equity. They have centered equity across all of their agencies, and I think there are so many opportunities for us to really move that needle of health equity to a degree that we have never been able to realize before.”
Daniel Dawes, JD, Morehouse School of Medicine