Access to health care and the quality of care received differs starkly based on the patient’s socioeconomic status, rural or urban residence, immigration status, and other social determinants of health. Even when adjusting for these factors, a patient’s race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, and disability status are strongly correlated with the receipt of appropriate care as well as overall health outcomes. These differences have been attributed to structural and cultural barriers, provider biases, and sometimes outright discrimination, among other causes. Several existing legal and policy efforts designed to ameliorate these inequities—including Section 1557 and other provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and key provisions of Medicaid—are now in flux.
This symposium will explore the ways in which law and policy contribute to health inequities as well as how they might be addressed. It will also bring together three mission-based programs at Creighton University School of Law—health law and policy, poverty law, and immigration law. An interdisciplinary group of speakers, including both scholars and practitioners, will address the ways in which we can ethically continue to chip away at health inequities and discrimination with legal and public policy and public health tools.
The symposium will begin with a keynote presentation by nationally recognized expert and Nebraska native, Daniel Dawes. Mr. Dawes has been on the forefront of shaping a number of federal laws, including Mental Health Parity Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, and the Affordable Care Act. He is also the author of 150 Years of Obamacare and the founder of the Health Equity Leadership & Exchange Network. The keynote will provide an overview of health equity issues in the United States and the role of law and policy in addressing the issue.
Panel discussions will follow, addressing, among other issues, 1) the impact of poverty and geography on access to health care, adequacy of coverage, and health outcomes, 2) immigration status and country of national origin as independent determinants of health care access and quality, 3) race-based and disability-based disparities and discrimination in health care provision and coverage, and 4) the particular challenges to receipt of appropriate care for members of the LGBTQIA community and the evolution of judicial and regulatory decisions on sex and gender based discrimination.
Lawyers and students
Creighton University School of Law
Creighton University Office of Continuing Education
TePoel Lecture Series
The TePoel Lecture Series is named in honor of Dean Louis TePoel, teacher, scholar, and academic administrator, who served on the Creighton Law School Faculty from 1907 to 1947 and as Dean from 1920 to 1947. Inaugurated in 1975 with a lecture given by Professor Harold J. Berman of the Harvard Law School, the series has featured many legal scholars of national and international reputation. The Law School takes great pride in the TePoel Lecture Series. It is a primary means by which Creighton continues to provide its students and the Omaha community with the best in legal education.
CLE credit for this symposium is pending in Nebraska and Iowa.