Consortium Event Archive

Annual Law and Medicine Day

Our annual Law and Medicine day, co-hosted with UCSF and the Stanford School of Medicine, where medical students from UCSF and law students from Hastings discuss medical, legal and ethical issues. This year’s focus was race, social justice, and health.

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Racial Health Disparities Webinar I

Presented by the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium and the Center for Racial and Economic Justice

COVID-19 has deeply affected communities of color, who are disproportionately essential workers and whose labor conditions and economic status constrain their ability to protect themselves and their families during the pandemic. Compounding these acute challenges are disproportionate rates of underlying health conditions which are connected to unequal social conditions over the lifespan, including poverty and racism. Panelists in this program describe the evidence base linking economic and racial inequality to health inequity, the ways in which COVID compounds those longstanding inequities, and the role of law as both a positive and negative force in addressing them.

Featuring panelists Courtney Anderson, Assocaite Professor of Law, Georgia State University, Evelyn Rangel, Visiting Assistant Professor, UC Hastings Law, Micah Lunderman, Advocate for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Chairwoman of Rosebud Community, and Toyese Oyeyemi, Director of the Beyond Flexnor Alliance and Senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity. Moderated by Dorit Reiss, Professor of Law, UC Hastings. 

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Racial Health Disparities Webinar II

Presented by the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium and the Center for Racial and Economic Justice

Police killings of unarmed Black people as they go about their daily lives was once again on display in 2020 with the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks among others. The ensuing racial justice uprisings, amid the COVID pandemic, have highlighted longstanding social and health inequities in the United States. Police violence is a significant contributor to racial health disparities and a threat to public health. Not only do unjust murders and acts of violence cause immediate physical harm to individual victims, but the sustained threat of death and violence on Black people over their lifetime exacts an emotional and physiological toll, which also adversely affects health outcomes. This panel explores the intersection between police violence and racial health disparities and the steps that could be taken to address the structural factors contributing to this public health problem.

Featuring panelists Osagie Obasogie, Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Priscilla Ocen, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Rhea Boyd, Director of Strategy and Equity, California Children’s Trust, Brandon Greene, Racial and Economic Justice Director, ACLU Northern California, and Pam Ward, Member of the Speaker Bureau, San Mateo County Health. Moderated by Anansi Wilson, Adjunct Faculty and Affiliated Scholar, UC Hastings. 

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Health Law Advising Event

The UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium in collaboration with Hastings Health Law Organization (HHLO) hosted a mixed panel of health law faculty and student health law concentrators. Panelists provide information and advice pertinent to health law at Hastings. A Q+A is held at the end.

Panelists include Sarah Hooper, Executive Director, UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium and Professor of Law, UC Hastings, Gregory Cochran, Professor of Law, UC Hastings, Tim Greaney, Visiting Professor of Law, UC Hastings, Clara Greaney, Health Law and Policy Concentrator, UC Hastings and 2019-2020 Mayo-Foley Health Law Fellow, and Laura Eichhorn Kurpad, Associate Counsel, FDA and Professor of Law, UC Hastings.

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Food Be Thy Medicine: Examining Nutrition and Food Choice Through a Health Equity Framework 

Proper nutrition is a building block of good health and a cornerstone of preventative medicine. We know that a balanced diet can reduce the risk for a myriad of diseases from diabetes to hypertension to cancer. However, conversations about diet and nutrition too often focus on individual choice, ignoring the structural and community factors shaping, and ultimately limiting, food choice. Food justice asks us to identify and oppose the systemic barriers to healthy food and the ways in which large corporate interests and government actions shape policy and endanger the health of the public, particularly marginalized communities. Join us for a panel discussion interrogating how food law and policy impact our food choices and contribute to disparate health outcomes.

Featuring panelists Michael Jacobson, Co-founder and former Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Author of Salt Wars: The Battle Over the Biggest Killer in the American Diet, Hilary Seligman, Professor of Medicine, UCSF and Director of the National Clinician Scholars Program at UCSF, Andrea Freeman, Professor of Law, University of Hawaii, Author of Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice, and moderated by Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Professor of Law, UC Hastings. 

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The Impact of COVID on Native and Indigenous Communities

UC Hastings Indigenous Law Center (UCH-ILC) hosts its inaugural panel event, co-sponsored by the UCSF-UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy and moderated by UCH-ILC Faculty Director Jo Carrillo.

Learn how COVID-19 has impacted Native and Indigenous communities from the following panelists: Agnes Attakai, Center for Rural Health, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Notah Begay III, Navajo/San Felipe/Isleta, Founder NB3 Foundation, 4-time PGA tour winner, Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame, Analyst NBC Sports/Golf Channel, Matthew Fletcher, Foundation Professor of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law, Jonathan Nez, President of the Navajo Nation, and Sriram ShamasunderAssociate Professor of Medicine at UCSF and co-founder and faculty director of the HEAL Initiative. 

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California Correctional Crisis: Mass Incarceration, Healthcare, and the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, Hastings Women’s Law Journal, and the Hastings Journal of Crime and Punishment with the support of the Institute for Criminal Justice at UC Hastings hosted this important 3-day symposium on incarceration and healthcare, focusing on the COVID-19 crisis.

Consortium Executive Director Sarah Hooper and Consortium Health Law Faculty Dorit Reiss joined on day three to lend their expertise to Vaccination and Incarcerated Populations: Panel Discussion.

More event information available on the Symposium’s website.

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Racial Injustice in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Presented by the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium and the Center for Racial and Economic Justice 

Communities of color in the United States have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, yet they are being severely under-allocated life-saving vaccines. Join us for this 60-minute panel discussion on the role that racism has played in vaccine distribution in the U.S.

Featuring panelists Ayanna Bennett, MD, Director, SFDPH Office of Health Equity, Govind Persad, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Sturm College of Law, and Ebony Jade Hilton, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Virginia. Moderated by Dorit Reiss, Phd, Professor of Law, UC Hastings. 

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