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Leon and Josephine Winkelman Memorial Lecture

The Leon and Josephine Winkelman Memorial Lecture Series was established at the University of Michigan School of Social Work by the Winkelman brothers - Stanley J., John, Frederick R., and Henry R. - as a memorial to their parents.

The lecture series provides a forum for the presentation of new and emerging knowledge from the social sciences and the helping professions in the field of gerontology, and for the discussion of the application of such knowledge to the development of social policy, the organization and management of social welfare services, and the delivery of social work services.

Reducing Racial Inequities in Health: Using What We Already Know to Take Action

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

2:00-2:30pm | Welcome and Refreshments (no CE offered)
2:30-4:00pm | Reducing Racial Inequities in Health: Using What We Already Know to Take Action
4:00-4:30pm | Panel Discussion
4:30-5:00pm | Question and Answer

Location: U-M Institute for Social Research

Event and CE contact hours are complimentary.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Williams

As a graduate student in Sociology at Michigan, David R. Williams, worked in the Social Environment and Health (SEH) Program at the Survey Research Center (SRC). After beginning his faculty career at Yale, he returned to Michigan in 1992, and for the next 14 years was affiliated with SEH in SRC and PRBA (Program for Research on Black Americans) in RCGD. He also held appointments in Sociology and the School of Public Health.  Currently, he is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health and Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also a Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University.

Dr. Williams is an internationally recognized authority on social influences on health. The author of more than 450 scientific papers, his research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which race, socioeconomic status, stress, racism, health behavior and religious involvement can affect physical and mental health. The Everyday Discrimination Scale that he developed is one of the most widely used measures of discrimination in health studies.

He has received numerous honors and awards. In 2001, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and in 2007 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received the Leo G. Reeder Award and the Leonard Pearlin Award from the American Sociological Association and a Distinguished Leadership in Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association. He has also received the Stephen Smith Award for Distinguished Contributions in Public Health from the New York Academy of Medicine. He was ranked as one of the top 10 Most Cited Social Scientists in the world in 2005 and as the Most Cited Black Scholar in the Social Sciences in 2008. In 2014, Thomson Reuters ranked him as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.

Dr. Williams has served on the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics and on eight committees for the National Academy of Medicine, including the committee that produced the Unequal Treatment report. He has played a visible, national leadership role in raising awareness levels of the problem of health inequities and identifying interventions to address them. This includes his service as the staff director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America and as a key scientific advisor to the award-winning PBS film series, Unnatural Causes: Is inequality Making Us Sick? His research has been featured by some of the nation’s top print and television news organizations. His TED Talk, released in 2017, has over 1.2 million views.


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