2013-2014 Recaps

Taking Action to Address the U.S. Health Gap

Building on two critical reports published by the National Academy of Sciences, this year's speakers focused on the United States' declining health standing among peer nations—and the directions public health leaders must take to change this course.

The series was organized by Dean Linda P. Fried, Bruce Link, PhD, professor of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences (in Psychiatry), and Ronald Bayer, PhD, professor of Sociomedical Sciences.  


April 30, 2014

What Is To Be Done?

School-wide discussion moderated by Ronald Bayer and Bruce Link


Dubois Bowman, PhD, Chair and Professor of Biostatistics

Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH, Chair and Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor of Epidemiology

Lisa R. Metsch, PhD, Chair and Stephen Smith Professor of Sociomedical Sciences

John Santelli, MD, MPH, Chair and Harriet and Robert H. Heilbrunn Professor of Population and Family Health

Michael Sparer, PhD, JD, Chair and Professor of Health Policy and Management


21st Annual Sewell Distinguished Lecture

When Our Environment Acts Like Medicine...

Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS [BIO]
Director of National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program

Birnbaum explored how chemicals in the environment affect our bodies much like medicines—but often with unwanted results. The discussion posed several questions, including: How do chemicals affect the endocrine and other physiological systems? How are they associated with the staggering increase in the rates of asthma and other diseases? And what actions can address these risk factors and improve health?


February 26, 2014 

7th Annual Isidore Benrubi Lecture 

Beyond Wages and Wealth

How inequality harms our political institutions, our social fabric, and our well-being

Joseph Stiglitz, PhD, FBS [BIO]
Nobel Laureate
University Professor at Columbia University


February 5, 2014

Neighborhood Inequality, Well-Being, and the New Social Transformation of the American City

Robert J. Sampson, PhD [BIO]
Henry Ford II Professor of Social Sciences at Harvard University
Director of the Boston Area Research Initiative at Radcliffe Institute


December 11, 2013

U.S. Health Disadvantage Among the Poor

Creating the Public Will for Policy Change

Renee Wilson-Simmons, DrPH

Director of the National Center for Children in Poverty
Mailman School of Public Health

Bruce Link, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health


November 13, 2013

Strategies for Domestic Health Transformation

Ginny Ehrlich, EdD, MPH, MS [BIO]
CEO of Clinton Health Matters Initiative


October 9, 2013

Beyond Reform and Rebound

Frontiers for Rethinking and Redirecting Health System Performance

Bobby Milstein, PhD, MPH [BIO]

Director of ReThink Health and Visiting Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management

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September 18, 2013

The U.S. Health Disadvantage

What is the Next Step for Public Health?

Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH

Director of Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health
Editor of U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health, National Academies Press

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