Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD

Dayna Matthew focuses on racial disparities in health care and joined the Virginia University faculty in 2017. She is the author of the book, “Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care;” and previously served on the CU law faculty as a professor, vice dean and associate dean for academic affairs. Dayna was a member of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities on the Anschutz Medical Campus, and held a joint appointment at the Colorado School of Public Health. She has taken on many public policy roles, and worked with a law partner to found the Colorado Health Equity Project, a medical-legal incubator aimed at removing barriers to good health for low-income clients by providing legal representation, research and policy advocacy. In 2015 she served as the senior advisor to the director of the Office of Civil Rights for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she expedited cases on behalf of historically vulnerable communities besieged by pollution. A former RWJF health policy fellow in residence in DC, she pivoted her work toward population-level clients – forging relationships with such policy groups as the Brookings Institution (where she’s a non-resident senior fellow), and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

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