The Gainesville Sun hosted a panel discussion with doctors Dave Denslow and Nancy Hardt, and Gainesville For All Director James Lawrence at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service on Oct. 25.

There was a palpable sense that the University of Florida should be doing more. However, UF cannot be expected to be the cure-all. We should not expect it to be.

There are systemic issues that run much deeper than merely the university’s presence in Gainesville. The issues related to health disparities and economic inequities that Denslow and Hardt spoke of at the event did not originate in Gainesville or at UF, and while Gainesville ranks fourth in the nation for income inequality according to data from the Pew Research Center, these are nationwide problems that we are viewing through a local lens.  READ MORE.