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Jane Addams Forum Lecture focuses on health care

Marginalization of African Americans in Health Care is topic of Jane Addams Forum Lecture

Published: March 20, 2013.

Dlan M. Powell, president/CEO of Roseland Community Hospital, presented, “The Marginalization of African Americans in Health Care,” as part of Lewis University’s Jane Addams Forum Lecture March 13 at the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

Powell, former chairperson of the Roseland Community Hospital Board of Directors and the Roseland Hospital Foundation, spoke on the marginalization that African Americans encounter in the health care system. She highlighted the impact that social exclusion has on African Americans including the inability to gain access to physical and mental healthcare services. Powell emphasized the responsibility of modern society in preventing the marginalization of African Americans.

Powell regularly conducts presentations on issues related to diversity, community and services. Through her social work, Powell has worked closely with members of diverse communities and is actively involved in a variety of professional and civic organizations. She has received four government appointments from the immediate past three Illinois Governors and former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley. Powell holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Roosevelt University and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois Jane Addams College of Social Work.

The Jane Addams Forum is named after the founder of the world famous Hull House, a community settlement house on Chicago’s near West Side that helped new and poor immigrants adjust to life in the United States. She actively supported the campaign for women’s suffrage and the founding of the American Civil Liberties Union. Addams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 for her international efforts for world peace.

The memorial lecture is held in honor of Brother Lawrence Porretta, FSC, former chair of the Department of Social Work and Human Services, who died in 1994. In 1993, Brother Lawrence founded the university's Jane Addams Forum, which brings noted speakers to campus to discuss issues of cultural, societal and intellectual relevance.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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