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MLK 2019 Health Sciences Campus Keynote Event

The Power to Heal: Leadership in Times of Great Despair[ity]

Thursday January 24, 2019 | 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tobin Hall, Stritch School of Medicine
Free Event | RSVP Requested

5:00  p.m. | *Pre-Event Concessions

      Hosted coffee & snack bar, SSOM 1st Floor Lobby

5:30 p.m. | Opening Remarks: Addressing Disparity through Awareness, Advocacy, and Action

    James Mendez, PhD, SSOM Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Tobin Hall

5:40 p.m. | Featured Documentary Screening: Power to Heal[1]

6:40 p.m. | Keynote Address: The ‘Now & Then’ of Health Inequity

    David Ansell, MD, Author of “The Death Gap”

7:10 p.m. | Facilitated Q & A: Cultivating Collective Leadership in Crucible Moments

7:25 p.m. | Closing Reflections & Community Reception

    Hosted hors d’oeuvres and fellowship, SSOM Atrium

Please RSVP via the online form.

About the Keynote Speaker David Ansell, MD, MPH

David Ansell, MD, MPH is a Chicago based physician, social epidemiologist and health activist. He is the Michael E Kelly Presidential Professor of Internal Medicine and Senior Vice President/Associate Provost for Community Health Equity at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is a 1978 graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical College. He did his medical training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He spent 13 years at Cook County as an attending physician and ultimately was appointed Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital. From 1995 to 2005 he was Chairman of Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Chicago. He was recruited to Rush University Medical Center as its inaugural Chief Medical Officer in 2005, a position he held until 2015. His research and advocacy has been focused on eliminating health inequities. In 2011 he published a memoir of his times at County Hospital, County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital. His latest book is The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills was published in 2017.


[1]POWER TO HEAL is an hour-long public television documentary that tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months.” (