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Conference on Health and Social Justice

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.

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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.

Keynote Speakers

Abraham Nussbaum, M.D.

Abraham Nussbaum
Abraham M. Nussbaum, M.D.

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."

Emily Townes 

 Emily Townes, Ph.D., is dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School and author of Breaking the Fine Rain of Death