Join Many Hands for a compelling discussion of racial inequities in the US health care system with Dr. Dayna Bowen Matthew, dean of The George Washington University Law School and author of two acclaimed books: "Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care" and “Just Health: Treating Structural Racism to Heal America." Many Hands Board member Dianne Rudo will moderate the conversation.
The first woman to lead GW Law, Dean Matthew joined GW in 2020 after holding teaching and leadership positions at the University of Virginia School of Law and the University of Colorado Law School.
Dean Matthew is an expert in health equity and public health policy with a passion for public service. She co-founded and directed the UVA Equity Center, an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to building relationships between the university and its surrounding community to redress racial and socioeconomic inequality, and The Colorado Health Equity Project, an incubator for medical-legal partnerships that removed legal barriers to good health for underrepresented patients.
Dean Matthew is now working with scholars across GW to establish the Equity Institute Initiative at GW, with the mission of creating a university-wide research institute to support research and pedagogy that advances racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic equity in the United States and globally.
She served as the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow for Senator Debbie Stabenow, as senior advisor in the Office of Civil Rights at the EPA, and as a visiting fellow for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. She is currently a non-resident senior scholar in the Center for Health Policy at the Brookings Institution and a member of the American Law Institute.
Dean Matthew received a BA in economics from Harvard-Radcliffe College, a JD from the UVA School of Law, and a PhD in health and behavioral sciences from the University of Colorado.