Ruqaiijah A. Yearby is Professor of Law, member of the Center for Health Law Studies, Co-founder of the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity, and Co-Director of the Center for Equity housed at Saint Louis University. She earned her B.S. in Honors Biology from University of Michigan, her M.P.H. in Health Policy & Management from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Her work is dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable populations by addressing the lack of access to quality health. Her scholarship has been used in law and social science classes at NYU, Fordham, and the University of California Berkeley and cited in Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law(Cambridge Univ. Press 2012), Dolgin & Shephard, Bioethics and the Law (3rd ed 2013), Mark Hall, et al, Health Care Law and Ethics (9th ed 2018), and the United States Code Annotated.
Amid a growing national conversation on equity and social justice, city and county governments are using tools to identify racial and ethnic disparities in their communities. These insights can then inform the development and implementation of laws and policies designed to minimize disparities and maximize positive impacts on racial and ethnic minorities.