‘Genius’ alumna to discuss importance of tackling health disparities

By April Hunt | Emory Report | June 24, 2021

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Emory College alumna Lisa Cooper has become a global expert in understanding health disparities. She will discuss her latest book during a virtual Emory Alumni event July 22 at 7 p.m. Photo: Johns Hopkins University.

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Lisa Cooper — a 1984 graduate of Emory College and 2007 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” — will discuss her new book on health care disparities in a virtual Emory Alumni Association event Thursday, July 22, at 7 p.m.

One of the first scientists to document disparities in the quality of relationships between physicians and patients from underrepresented groups, Cooper is now an internationally recognized researcher and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Her book, “Why Are Health Disparities Everyone’s Problem?,” which releases June 29, examines the importance of protecting everyone’s health in order to strengthen the health care system and health care in general.

Cooper, a Liberian-born general internist and social epidemiologist, also will discuss the impact the current epidemic has had on marginalized communities worldwide and how systems can be improved to care for them.

Adaobi Okocha, 2015C and 2017PH who is about to start her final year of medical school at Meharry Medical College, will moderate. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 22.

Those interested in buying Cooper’s book have until July 31 to receive a 35% discount by visiting https://bit.ly/2RRoTCS and using the discount code HEAB.

The virtual event is free, but registration is required. Register or get more information here.