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For the Sake of All: Translating Evidence into Action for Community Health

March 13, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


The University of Pittsburgh Center on Race and Social Problems is proud to host Dr. Jason Q. Purnell for the third lecture in the Reed Smith LLP Spring 2017 Speaker Series. Dr. Purnell, Assistant Professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, and principal investigator and project director of the For the Sake of All initiative, a groundbreaking, multidisciplinary project on the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis.

No RSVP required; lunch provided. Overflow room will be available during the event in Room CL 2101.  All lectures are recorded and uploaded to crsp.pitt.edu in the days following the lecture.

Contact Center Administrative Assistant Marita Johnson at maj135@pitt.edu or 412-624-7382 with any questions.





Recipient of the Walentik Leadership in Health Award and named 2016 Person of the Year by the St. Louis American, Dr. Purnell isa leading researcher on socioeconomic and sociocultural factors that influence health behaviors and outcomes.

The “For the Sake of All” project made waves with the revelation that, in St. Louis, less than 10 miles apart between Clayton and north St. Louis, there is an 18 year gap in life expectancy at birth.

“Those are not just statistics, they are people’s lives that are being shortened because of differential access to resources that support healthy and productive lives . . . We know that poverty is not randomly distributed. Over a century of housing policy has gotten us to concentrated areas of poverty, where we find more African American poverty concentrated into these tight pockets where poverty just accumulates,” reports Purnell.


March 13, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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University of Pittsburgh
Room 2017, Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States


The University of Pittsburgh Center on Race and Social Problems