Courtney Becker | February 3, 2017
The first “Soup and Substance” discussion of the year — hosted by the student club GlobeMed — took place on Friday and focused on race and health care.
Seniors Emma Cooper and Madeleine van Zuylen said the discussion was a fitting end to Walk the Walk Week at Notre Dame.
“We [are having] this now because it’s the end of Walk the Walk Week, which has been a week of discussion about diversity and inclusion,” Cooper said. “GlobeMed is a club on campus that’s part of a national organization of student clubs, kind of with the point of creating student leaders who will be advocates for health equity [and] social justice issues starting now and throughout our lifetimes.”
Cooper said she and van Zuylen drew on their experience visiting Laos to discuss healthcare inequality in the United States.
“We have a long-term partner organization in Laos,” she said. “They work on health education and intervention of health disparities within their country. Both Maddie and I have been to Laos and have kind of seen some health disparities that exist within that country … and as part of that have continued that discussion more about disparities and social justice issues within America, as well.”
These disparities are particularly prevalent in how minority patients receive health care, Cooper said.