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Moravian College to host Dr. Rebecca Sandefur of the University of Illinois and the American Bar Foundation

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BETHLEHEM, PA., April 23, 2018: Today, Moravian College announced that it will host Dr. Rebecca L. Sandefur, associate professor of sociology and law, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and faculty fellow, American Bar Foundation for the InFocus program titled “HEALTH AND CIVIL JUSTICE: Emerging Opportunities and Persistent Challenges” on Monday, April 23 on the Main Street Campus in Prosser Auditorium.  The event is part of the Moravian College InFocus program, which in the 2017-2018 academic year includes a focus on how a culture’s particular system of production affects the scope and nature of its resources, and how these decisions ultimately influence health outcomes across a society. 

Dr. Sandefur is acting as a “bridge speaker” for the Moravian College InFocus program, helping bridge the transition from this year's InFocus theme of Health and Healthcare, to next year's theme of War, Peace, and a Just Society.  

“Most people don’t understand what drives health outcomes,” commented Dr. James Teufel, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of public health at Moravian College. “They believe the influences are all medical, and that’s fundamentally not true.”

Dr. Sandefur will share her research of ordinary people’s experiences with common problems that could bring them into contact with the civil justice system.  Dr. Sandefur will also demonstrate how enhanced access to civil-legal aid can improve an individual’s health outcomes.

This is event is free and open to the public.

Event information:

What: HEALTH AND CIVIL JUSTICE: Emerging Opportunities and Persistent Challenges
When: Monday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Moravian College, Main Street Campus, Haupert Union Building, Prosser Auditorium, Bethlehem, Pa.

Event contact: Sabrina Terrizzi, Ph.D., co-director, InFocus Health and Healthcare Center of Investigation at Moravian College,

Media contact: Michael Corr, director of marketing and communications,, 610.861.1365.

About Moravian College
Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. For more than 275 years, the Moravian College degree has been based on a liberal arts curriculum where literature, history, science, cultural values, global issues, ethics, artistic expression, and the social sciences are infused with multidisciplinary perspectives. Visit to learn more about how the Moravian College liberal arts curriculum prepares its students for life-long success.