Healthcare: ‘Not a matter of left or right; a matter of right and wrong’


“Sober but optimistic” is how Dr. David A. Ansell describes the subject of his work on inequities in heath care. Dr. Ansell is the senior vice president of community health equity and associate provost for clinical affairs at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, work he says he does as a physician under the umbrella of human rights activist.

He’s written two books that call attention to structural violence in healthcare. His latest, “The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills,” was released this spring. Dr. Ansell spoke Tuesday, June 6, at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine to talk about the connection between racism and income inequality to health.

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