The 2021 Arrupe Lecture Series, with a theme of Public Health, began Wednesday with a presentation by Fr. Michael Rozier, S.J., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy at Saint Louis University. 

Fr. Rozier’s presentation explored the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and exacerbated existing social inequities in the United States. Fr. Rozier outlined several social determinants of health—the built environment, healthcare access and quality, economic stability, social and community context, and education access and quality—that are consistently reliable predictors of healthcare outcomes, and illustrated the ways in which the pandemic experience has reflected the uneven availability of these resources.


Arrupe Series presentations will continue throughout the month of March. Here is a look at upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday, March 10: “Jesuit Refugee Service: Walking with Refugees During a Global Pandemic,” Joshua Utter, Outreach Coordinator, Jesuit Refugee Service
  • Wednesday, March 17: “Jesuits on Death Row: The Pandemic and Prisons,” Fr. George Williams, S.J., Chaplain at San Quentin Prison
  • Wednesday, March 24: “Putting COVID-19 in Context,” Dr. Amesh Adalja, Senior Scholar at Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security

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