Equity & Engagement Cafe Innovation Speaker, Christpher 'Kitt' Carpenter, PhD

Equity & Engagement Cafe Innovation Speaker, Christpher 'Kitt' Carpenter, PhD

The work of individuals like Christopher ('Kitt') Carpenter, the E. Bronson Ingram University Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt University, shines as a beacon of hope and direction in the struggle for health equity. Carpenter, an esteemed scholar with deep roots in economics, health policy, and a suite of interdisciplinary studies, leads the charge as the Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Research on Inequality and Health. His pioneering work underscores the critical role of public policy in bridging the chasm of health inequity that plagues our society.

Health equity is not just a lofty ideal but a tangible goal that, when achieved, promises a healthier, more vibrant society for all. Carpenter's research vividly illustrates how public policy can serve as a powerful lever in promoting healthy behaviors, preventing illness, and ensuring that everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status, has equal access to health services. From his exploration of the impacts of public health policies on risky and preventive health behaviors to his groundbreaking studies on LGBTQ+ issues in economics and demography, Carpenter’s work is a testament to the profound influence of informed, compassionate policymaking on public health.

Public policy, when crafted with insight and empathy, can transform lives. Carpenter's prestigious career, marked by continuous support from organizations like the National Institute of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and his election to the National Academy of Medicine, is a clarion call for more evidence-based, equity-focused policies. By following in the footsteps of visionaries like Carpenter, we can aspire to a world where health equity is not an aspiration but a reality. 

Connect with Dr. Carpenter at the Spring 2024 Equity & Engagement Café to discover how you may share common equity goals.

The Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (MVA) is a 20+year partnership between Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center that serves to advance the shared interests of our institutions and community partners. The MVA is the epicenter of collaboration, capacity-building, and community engagement for health equity in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. 

Christopher "Kitt" Carpenter, Ph.D. (he/him/his)
E. Bronson Ingram Chair and University Distinguished Professor of Economics and Health Policy
College of Arts & Science
School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University