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Jayne Brown <[log in to unmask]>
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Sharon, I am very interested in this topic; I tried to find how to join 
the webcast and cannot seem to find a link. Do you have a link? I did 
look at YouTube. Here is an interesting thing on stem cell research. 

Vaz, Sharon A. wrote:
> Please help us spread the word about this event you and your colleagues 
> may find of interest. Please forward widely to your various list serves. 
> Thank you in advance.
> Jamie D. Brooks, Esq.
> Project Director on Race, Health and Human Rights
> Generations Ahead
> 510-625-0819 x 309
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> _www.genetics-and-society.org_ <http://www.genetics-and-society.org>
> __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
> Please join Generations Ahead and the Center for American Progress for a 
> special presentation:
> *Geneticizing Disease: Implications for Racial Health Disparities *
> *April 22, 2008 10:30-12:00 at the **_Greenlining Institute_* 
> <http://greenlining.org/>* in Berkeley, California*
> *Moderator:*/
> /*Jamie D. Brooks*, Project Director on Race, Health and Human Rights, 
> Generations Ahead
> *Panelists:*
> *Meredith L. King,* Health Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress
> *Mildred Thompson,* Senior Director and Director of the PolicyLink 
> Center for Health and Place
> *Dorothy Roberts,* Kirkland and Ellis Professor, Northwestern University 
> Law School. Currently a fellow at Stanford University's Research 
> Institute of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity focusing on "Race 
> Consciousness in Law, Politics, and Biotechnology."
> Today's dialogue in medical journals and the mainstream press on health 
> disparities in American society increasingly focuses on individuals' 
> genetic predispositions to disease. More and more, race is interjected 
> into this dialogue as scientists link genes of certain racial groups to 
> medical conditions while pharmaceutical companies increasingly seek to 
> medicate those conditions. Unfortunately, during this process the focus 
> on reducing and preventing racial health disparities -- which in large 
> part can be attributed to social determinants -- becomes obscured.
> The Center for American Progress and Generations Ahead will explore 
> these trends and their implications for addressing racial health 
> disparities by hosting a public dialogue. Meredith King, co-author of 
> "Geneticizing Disease: Implications for Racial Health Disparities," 
> which will be released at the event, will provide an overview of the 
> issue and the paper's findings. Law professor Dorothy will follow with a 
> legal and racial perspective on the implications of "geneticizing" 
> disease. And in closing, Mildred Thompson will discuss the known 
> non-medical determinants of health, such as environment, insurance 
> status, and other socio-economic factors. Jamie D. Brooks, co-author of 
> the paper, will moderate the discussion to follow.
> *Location*
> *The Greenlining Institute
> *1918 University Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
> Greenlining Institute Directions: The offices are located on University 
> Avenue between Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Milvia just 3 blocks 
> west of the U.C. Berkeley campus. The office is 3 short blocks from the 
> Downtown Berkeley Bart Station.
> Parking: There are metered parking places along University Avenue. 
> Parking is also available in the Promenade Parking Garage, 1936 Addison 
> Street, directly behind our building.
> Biographies
> *Meredith King* serves as the Health Policy Analyst at the Center for 
> American Progress. As a member of the health team, King collaborates 
> with staff and senior fellows in advancing a broad range of health 
> issues, including universal health care. Her primary focus of research 
> is on minority health and racial and ethnic health disparities. Prior to 
> joining the Center, King worked at the Health Assistance Partnership of 
> Families USA, serving as the Medicaid Research Analyst. In that job, she 
> worked with a network of Medicaid ombudsmen and consumer health 
> assistance programs by supplying them the latest research regarding 
> Medicaid policy in their respective states. King obtained a Bachelor of 
> Arts Degree in Public Policy and American History from Washington and 
> Lee University in 2003. In May 2005, she completed a Masters of Public 
> Policy with a concentration in Social Policy from American University.
> *Dorothy Roberts* joined Northwestern's faculty in fall 1998 with a 
> joint appointment as a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy 
> Research. She is a frequent speaker and prolific scholar on issues 
> related to race, gender, and the law and has published more than 60 
> articles and essays in books and scholarly journals, including Harvard 
> Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Stanford Law Review, authored 2 
> award-winning books, and co-edited 5 casebooks and anthologies. She 
> received fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation, 
> Searle Fund, Fulbright Scholars Program, and Harvard University Program 
> in Ethics and the Professions, and as a visiting professor was the 
> recipient of the Outstanding First-Year Course Professor Award for 
> 1997-98. She is currently conducting research on the effects of child 
> welfare agency involvement in African-American neighborhoods and on 
> race-based biotechnologies.
> *Mildred Thompson,** Senior Director and Director of the PolicyLink 
> Center for Health and Place*, holds a master's degree in social work 
> from New York University and has over 20 years experience in the health 
> field. She has been responsible for PolicyLink initiatives that offer 
> solutions to problems rooted in the connection between health and 
> neighborhood factors. These include initiatives that engage community 
> leaders and residents in achieving policies that reduce environmental 
> triggers of childhood asthma, increase opportunities for local access to 
> healthy food, and improve community opportunities for physical activity.
> *Jamie D. Brooks* is the project director on race, health, and justice 
> for the Center for Genetics and Society and has been working to secure 
> universal health access for a number of years. Before joining the Center 
> for Genetics and Society she was a staff attorney for the Nation Health 
> Law Program (NHeLP) where she focused on reproductive rights and justice 
> for all women, implementing human rights principles into the firm's 
> advocacy, environmental justice issues, and language access issues. 
> Prior to working for NHeLP, she served as a law clerk in the District of 
> Columbia Superior Court and legal and policy clerk to the National Asian 
> and Pacific American Women's Forum. She received her J.D. from 
> Washington College of Law at American University in 2003 and her B.A. 
> from Rice University in 2000.

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