Impact of Race, Income, Social Policies on Health Disparities in America: June 3 at EMU

by Staff , Published May 31, 2011

The EMU Department of Psychology sponsors this event featuring Drs. Dalton Conley, Vernon Smith, Mehmet Yaya and Joan Cowdery.

Friday, June 3
1-4 p.m.
EMU Student Center

Dr. Dalton Conley:

"The Starting Gate: Race, Low Birth Weight, and Child Development"

Dalton Conley is currently Senior Vice Provost and Dean for the Social Sciences, as well as University Professor at New York University. He holds faculty appointments in NYU's Sociology Department, School of Medicine and the Wagner School of Public Service. Conley’s research focuses on the determinants of economic opportunity within and across generations; racial inequalities; the measurement of class; and how health and biology affect (and are affected by) social position. Conley holds an M.P.A. & a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University, and an M.S. &M.Phil. in Biology from NYU.

Dr. Vernon Smith:

“Medicaid and Health Reform in a Time of Fiscal Uncertainty"

Vernon Smith is currently a Principal with Health Management Associates, where he focuses on Medicaid, Medicare, SCHIP, state budgets and trends in the health care market place. He has authored several reports on enrollment, spending and policy trends in Medicaid and SCHIP, on the Medicare prescription drug benefit, and on state directions to address the uninsured. Before joining HMA, Dr. Smith served as Michigan Medicaid director and as budget director for the human services agency during 30 years of public service. Smith holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University.

EMU Faculty Panel

Dr. Mehmet Yaya is an Assistant Professor in the EMU Department of Economics. His research interests include immigration, inequality, economic development, and terrorism.

Dr. Joan Cowdery is an Associate Professor in the EMU Health Education Program. Her research interests include health communication, tailoring and technology, health promotion and underserved populations, and HIV/AIDS.

Everyone is welcome; however, an R.S.V.P. by May 20th is preferred to



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