Healing Hate: A Public Health Perspective on Civil Rights in America

Event Date: 
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 9:00am to 7:00pm


A conference hosted by the University of Virginia Schools of Law and Medicine will focus on the impact of racial and ethnic discrimination in driving public health disparities.

The event will bring together scholars, clinicians, policymakers and community leaders to take a public health approach in treating and reducing violence, disease and injury due to racism, hate speech, crimes and violence. At the conclusion of the event, participants will announce a civil rights framework to combat health disparities, and generate and disseminate evidenced-based proposals and tools aimed at eliminating health disparities.

"Racism is a potent psychosocial stressor that is characterized by both social ostracism and blocked economic opportunity,” said conference organizer and law professor Dayna Bowen Matthew '87, director of The Equity Center at UVA, a sponsor of the event. "Racism also has led to inequitable access to social, educational and material resources — resources that have both direct and indirect effects on health status. This conference is taking a data-driven approach to start addressing some of these problems."

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Parking is available at the Law School in D2 and D3 lots. Information about parking at the Medical School is forthcoming.

Tentative Schedule 

Thursday, January 30: Civil Rights Advocacy and Health Equity 

9-9:15 a.m.: Welcome

Dean Risa Goluboff, University of Virginia School of Law

Dayna Bowen Matthew ’87, UVA Professor of Law and Public Health Sciences, Director of The Equity Center

9:15-9:45 a.m.: Keynote | The Civil Rights of Health

Angela P. Harris, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California at Davis School of Law

9:45-10:30 a.m.: Keynote Respondents | The Health Justice Movement

10:45 a.m.-Noon: Panel 1 | Civil Rights Violations in the Social Determinants of Health: Housing and Environmental Justice

12:15-1:45 p.m.: Lunch and Keynote | Speaker TBD (Registration Required)

2-3:15 p.m.: Panel 2 | Civil Rights Violations in the Social Determinants of Health: Education and Immigration Rights

3:30-5 p.m.: ChangeLab Solutions Workshop No. 1 | Advancing Civil Rights and Health Equity: Putting Policy Into Practice

5:30-7 p.m.: Dinner at the Law School (Registration Required)

Sponsored by the Center for Health Policy; ChangeLab Solutions; The Equity Center at UVA; UVA Schools of Nursing, Medicine and Law; Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law; and the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute.