Meharry Medical College, StreetSolid Industries hosts conference focused on laws and policies that create inequality, discontent and disease

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – Meharry Medical College and StreetSolid Industries are hosting a conference, The Invisible Laws and Policies That Create Disease, Inequality, Disenfranchisement, and Discontent in America. How our laws and policies affect a nation’s health, well-being, and flourishing—and what we can do about it, Saturday, October 15 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Cal Turner Family Center on the campus of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Visit for free registration and more information.

“The conference will focus on the invisible laws and policies that can create disease, inequality, disenfranchisement, and discontent in America,” explained Dr. Vincent Morelli, professor at Meharry Medical College and assistant professor at the Vanderbilt University.

“Through a diverse palette of stakeholders (healthcare, business, law, public health, economics, politics, etc.), the goal is to open eyes, educate, inspire and unite so that we can better lend our voices to change and move towards a healthier and more updated nation,” Morelli said. “Most of us are vaguely aware of the laws and policies that govern our lives, those that create the environment in which we live. Fewer of us are aware of the effect these laws and policies can have on our well-being – the debilitating physical, emotional and psychological fallout of poverty, disconnection and sub-optimal environments.

Notable speakers include: Joseph Stiglitz (Nobel Prize Winner), Thomas LaViest (President of Tulane School of Public Health), Bobby Moresco (Academy Award-winning author of Crash), Companies – Oracle, Alliance Bernstein, Amazon and Nissan Americas – and organizations working with disenfranchised groups across the country: Father Greg Boyle’s Homeboy Industries of Los Angeles, Arne Duncan’s CRED of Chicago, and StreetSolid Industries of Nashville.

Meharry Medical College is one of the oldest and largest historically black academic health science centers in the nation, dedicated to training physicians, dentists, researchers, and health policy experts. A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine ranked Meharry among the top five primary care physician producers in the nation.
StreetSolid Industries is a non-profit organization whose programs serve justice-engaged and underresourced youth and adults. The organization’s programming uses cognitive-behavioral approaches, social-emotional skills building, and fellowship/relationship building to reduce recidivism in our justice-engaged populations and cultivate the human potential that resides within each of us.

Joseph E. Stiglitz is an American economist and professor at Columbia University. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2001. He is Co-Chair of the OECD High Level Panel on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress and Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute. He is a former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank and a former Chairman of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. In 2000, Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, an international development think tank based at Columbia University. Time magazine named Stiglitz one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Known for his pioneering work on information asymmetry, Stiglitz’s work focuses on income distribution, risk, corporate governance, public policy, macroeconomics, and globalization. He is the author, most recently, of People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent.

Oscar-winning screenwriter, director and producer Bobby Moresco began as an actor in New York City, where he grew up in Hell’s Kitchen, three blocks and a world away from Broadway. His writing and executive producing credits include Crash which he co-wrote and produced and Million Dollar Baby which he co-produced. Crash won Oscars for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture. Million Dollar Baby won Best Picture. Moresco has just finished writing and directing “Lamborghini, The Legend” for Ambi Pictures, based on the life of Ferruccio Lamborghini, starring Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin. Moresco’s extensive film, television, and stage credits include creating several television series and writing and directing more than 30 On, Off, and Off-Off Broadway plays.

Thomas LaVeist joined the faculty as Dean of Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in July 2018. Prior to moving to Tulane, he was Chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management from George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health. Previously, he spent 25 years as a professor and center director at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her work has focused primarily on racial and socioeconomic disparities in health and health care. He has maintained an active research program on health inequalities, has published 140 peer-reviewed articles on minority health and health inequalities, and is the author of a textbook on the same subject.

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