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SUBJECT: Public lecture to discuss health inequality in children

DATE: Oct. 21

In Canada, there are major differences in the rates of some illnesses and a 10-year gap in life expectancy across socioeconomic conditions. Internationally, child and youth health vary depending on economic wealth and inequality.  

An upcoming public lecture by Dr. Frank Elgar, an alumnus of Memorial University and a professor at McGill University’s Institute for Health and Social Policy, will take a look at those differences.  

His lecture, Health Inequality in Children and Youth and the Wealth of Nations, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in Memorial University’s Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, room IIC-2001, on the St. John’s campus.

Using research on poverty, inequality, bullying and corporal punishment, Dr. Elgar will examine the social and moral implications of health inequality in early-life, the policy choices that shape opportunities to be healthy and potential consequences of inaction.  

Admission is free, and all are welcome. Limited free parking is available in lot 17. A reception will follow

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