For Immediate Release
January 12, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Media Advisory - Prof. Vernillia R. Randall
to Visit Highland Park High School in Topeka on Jan. 17

Professor Vernellia R. Randall will address students and faculty at Highland Park High School, 2424 S.E. California, Topeka, at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17.

Randall, a professor of law since 1990, writes extensively on and speaks internationally about race, women, and healthcare. She is the recipient of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health Chairman’s Award, and she was named one of the “Top 10 Most Influential African-Americans” on the 2001 Black Equal Opportunity Employment Journal list.

Involved in public health work for more than 15 years, Randall has focused on eliminating inequalities in healthcare for minorities and the poor. Her most recent publication, “Dying While Black” looks at institutional racism in healthcare and how it contributes to the preventable deaths of blacks.

Randall will also be the keynote speaker at the MLK Health Disparities Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Wichita on the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday, Monday, January 15. KDHE and Urban League of the MidPlains are hosting the breakfast.