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307 | The Death Gap: Social Inequity and Health
307 | The Death Gap: Social Inequity and Health
Sun, Apr 30 | 2 –3 PM
Venue SIX10
Feinberg Theater
610 S Michigan Ave | Chicago, IL | 60605
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

The U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world, yet we fall far behind other industrialized nations on measures such as the number of uninsured, infant mortality, and life expectancy. Physician David Ansell, argues that widespread social inequality drives health disparities in life expectancy among minorities and the poor. Join Ansell, whose previous book County covered the history of one of America’s oldest urban public hospitals and whose latest, The Death Gap, explores why these health disparities persist, for a discussion with the University of Chicago’s Harold Pollack about the state of American health care and what can be done to close our disturbing death gap.

Preorder your copy of The Death Gap through the CHF box office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.


David Ansell, MD, MPH is the Senior Vice President for Community Health Equity at Rush University Medical Center. In 2007 he co-founded the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Taskforce, a nonprofit that focuses on eliminating the racial disparities in breast cancer mortality. His books include the memoir County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital, and the forthcoming The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills. Dr. Ansell graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University and received his Masters of Public Health from the University of Illinois.

Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He is also an Affiliate Professor in the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division and the Department of Public Health Sciences. He co-directs The University of Chicago Crime Lab and is a committee member of the school’s Center for Health Administration Studies. He has published widely on poverty, policy and public health. His research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health.

  • The Death Gap
  • 4/30/2017