SYRACUSE, NY — Taylor North of Olean was one of 25 Canisius College pre-medical and pre-health undergraduate students who attended Health Justice Conference 2020: Visions of Equity on Jan. 20. Hosted by SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, the conference highlighted structural inequalities in health care and provided insights into the underlying causes and potential remedies.

Breakout sessions at this year's conference included Sickle Cell Disease and Its Inequalities; Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue; Health Justice for the Indigenous; Living Undocumented, and Infant Mortality in America.

As part of the event, Undergraduate Health Justice Scholars Awards were presented to students who have demonstrated a commitment to the health professions and racial equity in medicine. The conference takes place each year on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the federal holiday that celebrates the life and legacy of the American civil rights leader.

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Canisius College notes that guided by Jesuit values, the college's undergraduate pre-medical and pre-health offerings emphasize a holistic perspective on health issues, including the social, cultural and economic determinants of health.

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