Dear Symposium Participants,
We hope that you can join us for the 24th Annual UCLA Health Care Symposium. For over two decades, UCLA medical students have organized this conference, highlighting crucial yet diverse topics of great importance in modern health care. This year, UCLA medical students are joined by nursing and public health students to continue this tradition of bringing together faculty, students, and community members to discuss Structural Vulnerabilities in Health: Medical and Public Health Solutions.
Social inequality greatly impacts the U.S. healthcare system, preventing individuals from accessing and receiving top quality care. Vulnerable populations, such as ethnic and sexual minorities, are at a higher risk for encountering challenges when dealing with the healthcare system. As a result, healthcare professionals must collaborate together in order to ensure equal access to high quality care for all individuals. We hope to increase awareness about social inequality as a public health issue with the hope of inspiring action by students, faculty, and the broader community.
We are excited to have speakers present different perspectives on social inequality ranging from public policy and research to community-based efforts in various vulnerable populations. Please enjoy the day’s events and join the interactive dialogue. We hope that the Health Care Symposium will provide a greater understanding of structural vulnerabilities in the U.S. healthcare system and will inspire you to involve yourself and others in the fight to reduce health disparities.
The Student Directors of the 2020 Healthcare Symposium