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The renowned scholar Dr. Sam Harper explores health inequalities and the social determinants of health. Sam Harper, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. His research interests are in social epidemiology and population health, health demography, and public health ethics. View slides from this presentation.
Shirley Beresford has been principal investigator on numerous studies focusing on dietary intake and chronic disease prevention. She is well known for her worksite randomized trials in behavior change, most recently in obesity prevention. She jointly created the course "nutritional epidemiology" in 1989 and has been teaching and directing it ever since.
Read a Q&A with Professor Beresford.
Dean Frumkin presents a bold new Strategic Plan for the School of Public Health at the All Hands meeting, January 12, 2012. At a time of both great public health challenges and scientific advances, the School has launched a plan that will build on the School's legacy of excellent science and community commitment to strengthen its core and meet emerging needs.
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Dr. Sverre Vedal, Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and Director, UW Center for Clean Air Research speaks on challenges and findings in current air pollution research in the Distinguished Faculty Lecture, "Air Pollution: Can It Be that Bad For Us?"
Read a Q&A with Sverre Vedal about his life and work.
In 2009, the U.S. Global Change Research Program concluded that climate changes in the United States are occurring now, are projected to grow in the future, and will likely place stress on the nation's water supply and crop productivity, as well as increase risks to human health. How will climate change impact public health and how can we mitigate and adapt to what The Lancet called, "the biggest global health threat of the 21st century"? Dean Frumkin is an internist, environmental and occupational medicine specialist, and epidemiologist. Prior to becoming the Dean of the UW School of Public Health, he worked at the CDC, first as director of the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and later as Special Assistant to the CDC Director for Climate Change and Health. His research interests include climate change and health, including adaptation strategies; environmental and occupational health policy, especially regarding minority workers and communities, and those in developing nations; and the public health aspects of urban sprawl and the built environment. He is an expert in climate change and public health and we are thrilled he is speaking to the UW community about this critical issue.
Dr. Connie L. Celum, Professor of Global Health, Professor of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the International Clinical Research Center will deliver the School's Spring Quarter Distinguished Faculty Lecture: "Biomedical HIV Prevention: The Road Long Traveled."
Dean Frumkin presented the state of the school, demographic numbers, and the many challenges ahead. Michael Yost spoke on behalf of the Faculty Council. The podium was then turned over to Strategic Planning co-chairs Andy Stergachis and Rich Fenske to officially launch our planning process. The meeting wrapped up with a strong Q&A session.
Dr. Douglas Conrad, Professor of Health Services and Director of the Center of Health Management Research, delivered the School's Winter Quarter Distinguished Faculty Lecture: "A 15-Year Research Program in Health Economics: Impacts of Physician Financial Incentives." Click the link to view his Powerpoint Presentation
Gary Schwitzer, Publisher of HealthNewsReview.org, spoke at the office of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research center affiliated with the University of Washington School of Public Health. Mr. Schwitzer's seminar was titled: "Evaluating the Content of Health Care News: Why It's Important to Objectively Grade Reporting on Medical Science." Gary Schwitzer is publisher of the website HealthNewsReview.org, an organization that grades daily health news reporting by major U.S. news organizations. He taught health journalism and media ethics at the University of Minnesota and worked in television medical news for 15 years, including a stop at CNN He was the founding editor-in-chief of MayoClinic.com.
Dr. Lianne Sheppard delivered the School's Fall Quarter Distinguished Faculty Lecture entitled "Health Effects of Environmental Exposures: When Do We See Them and Why Do We Miss Them?" Dr. Sheppard is Professor of Biostatistics and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences in the School.
Dr. Jonny Myers gave a special lecture November 1, 2010, entitled Climate Change and Health in Southern Africa: Challenges, Opportunities, and Possibilities. Dr. Myers is Professor and Director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Research, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Christopher J. Elias, MD, the University of Washington School of Public Health's 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award, spoke at the School Graduation Celebration while receiving his award. Dr. Elias is the president and chief executive officer of PATH, a Seattle-based international nonprofit organization working in more than 70 countries and dedicated to improving the health of people around the world by advancing technologies, strengthening systems, and encouraging healthy behaviors. He received his MPH in Health Services from the school and his medical degree from Creighton University.
Michelle Williams, Professor of Epidemiology, presented the School's Spring Quarter Distinguished Faculty Lecture. Her talk was titled "Biomedical, Social, and Environmental Determinants of Reproductive Health: A Changing Landscape." Williams is Director of the University's Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) Program and the Reproductive Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology (RPPE) Training Program. She is also Co-Director of the Center for Perinatal Studies at Swedish Medical Center.
Dr. Lucio Costa will present the School's Winter 2010 Distinguished Faculty Lecture. Dr. Costa is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and the Director of the Neurotoxicology Research Core at the School's NIEHS Center in Ecogenetics and Environmental Health. Since arriving at the UW in 1983, his work has focused on identifying the mechanisms by which chemicals cause harm to the human nervous system and finding ways to help protect people from the damage. In addition to his research, he teaches graduate courses in Neurotoxicology and Environmental and Occupational Toxicology, and he has mentored and advised countless students, from undergraduates to PhD students.
Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, presented "Leadership in the Public Health System: Federal, State, and Local" as part of the Grand Rounds: Moments in Leadership series. As the Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Koh oversees the HHS Office of Public Health and Science, the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, and the Office of the Surgeon General. He also serves as senior public health advisor to the Secretary.
Grace John-Stewart delivered the School of Public Health's Fall 2009 Distinguished Faculty Lecture and School of Medicine's Science in Medicine Lecture, entitled "Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV-1: From Discovery to Delivery." Dr. John-Stewart is Professor of Global Health, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Professor of Epidemiology in Public Health. She also directs the UW Center for AIDS and STD.
Tom Wickizer, UW Professor of Health Services, delivered the School of Public Health's Spring 2009 Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Reflections on 10 years of Collaborative Research to Improve Health and Health Care for Injured Workers in Washington State. The School's Occupational Epidemiology and Health Outcomes Program and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), which runs the state's workers' compensation program, have worked together for many years to reduce the time workers lose because of injury. Tom has played a leading role in this partnership, conducting applied studies and evaluating pilot programs designed to reduce worker disability.
Dr. Thomas Fleming is Professor of Biostatistics and the former chair of the department. He speaks on the topic, "Clinical Trials: Discerning Hype from Substance." The slides from this presentation are available at http://sph.washington.edu/presentations/DFL_Tom_Fleming.pdf.
Adam Drewnowski, Professor of Epidemiology, Adjunct Professor of Medicine, and Director of the Nutritional Sciences Program and Center for Public Health Nutrition, presented the Fall Quarter Distinguished Faculty Lecture: "Food, Incomes, and Health."
Author and New York Times Reporter David Cay Johnston spoke on "Inequality, the Vast Majority, and Health." Mr. Johnston's latest book is titled Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill). He also wrote the 2004 best seller, Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich--and Cheat Everybody Else.
Dr. Seixas, Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, presents his lecture, "Occupational Exposure Assessment and the Evolution of Work Organization." A PDF of the presentation slide deck is available at http://sphcm.washington.edu/presentations/DFL_Noah_Sexias.pdf.
Dr. Bill Foege, affiliate professor of epidemiology speaks on "Global Health: A Voyage of Discovery." Part of the Washington Global Health Alliance Discovery Series.
Bernard Goldstein, MD, chair of the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), along with UW Public Health faculty liaisons to NBPHE, Chuck Treser and Bud Nicola, will present information and answer questions about the new national certification exam for becoming Certified in Public Health (CPH).
Christopher J.L. Murray is the Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and Professor of Global Health at the UW School of Medicine and School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He speaks on "Evaluating the performance of national medical care and public health systems."
Nina Wallerstein, Professor and Director of the Masters in Public Health Program at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, gave the 2007 Gloyd Lecture. The title of her talk is "Power and Sustainability in Health Promotion: Global Perspectives." The presentation slide deck is also available -- http://sphcm.washington.edu/presentations/SSGL_Wallerstein.pdf.
Jeffrey Harris is Professor of Health Services at the School and part of the UW Health Promotion Research Center. He previously led the Division of Prevention Research and Analytic Methods at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The title of his lecture is "Beyond workplace health promotion programs: Improving health via a comprehensive approach."
Alonzo Plough is Vice President of Program, Planning, and Evaluation at The California Endowment. He speaks about the role of private endowments in promoting healthy living strategies. Part of the ECOR Conference on Poverty and Obesity: Disparities in Diet & Health. For info, please see http://depts.washington.edu/uwecor/events/poverty_obesity.htm.
Charles Royer is President of the Institute for Community Change. He talks about his experience in forming a policy to combat childhood obesity. Part of the ECOR Conference on Poverty and Obesity: Disparities in Diet & Health. For info, please see http://depts.washington.edu/uwecor/events/poverty_obesity.htm.
Steve Vosti is assistant adjunct professor, agricultural and resource economics, at the University of California-Davis. He speaks about the economic realities of making healthy food choices. Part of the ECOR Conference on Poverty and Obesity: Disparities in Diet & Health. For info, please see http://depts.washington.edu/uwecor/events/poverty_obesity.htm.
Marilyn Townsend is a Cooperative Extension Specialist University of California-Davis Department of Nutrition. Her talk is about reformatting the food stamps program to better serve low-income children. Part of the ECOR Conference on Poverty and Obesity: Disparities in Diet & Health. For info, please see http://depts.washington.edu/uwecor/events/poverty_obesity.htm.
Diego Rose is Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences at Tulane University. He speaks about the effects of food preparation time on nutrition among the poor. Part of the ECOR Conference on Poverty and Obesity: Disparities in Diet & Health. For info, please see http://depts.washington.edu/uwecor/events/poverty_obesity.htm.
Adam Drewnowski is Director of the Nutritional Sciences Program and Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. He also serves as Director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition and the Exploratory Center for Obesity Research and is a Joint Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. His talk is about his research into the cost difference between healthy and unhealthy food. Part of the ECOR Conference on Poverty and Obesity: Disparities in Diet & Health. For info, please see http://depts.washington.edu/uwecor/events/poverty_obesity.htm.
Roland Sturm is a Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation. He speaks about the economic relationship between poverty and obesity. Part of the ECOR Conference on Poverty and Obesity: Disparities in Diet & Health. For info, please see http://depts.washington.edu/uwecor/events/poverty_obesity.htm.
Paula Braveman is Professor of Family & Community Medicine and Director, Center on Social Disparities in Health at the University of California, San Francisco. She speaks on defining disparities. Part of the ECOR Conference on Poverty and Obesity: Disparities in Diet & Health. For info, please see http://depts.washington.edu/uwecor/events/poverty_obesity.htm.
Dr. Gerald van Belle is Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, previously joint professor of Biostatistics and Environmental Health. He is a biostatistician interested in the application of statistical methods to studies of the environment and health. He spoke on "Biostatistics as a Distillation of Everyday Experience."
In the Fall 2006 Distinguished Faculty Lecture, "What History Tells Us About Maternal and Child Health," Dr. Irvin Emanuel, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Pediatrics, describes how maternal and child health influences the health of us all. For more than three decades, Dr. Emanuel has focused his research on the interrelated causes of major maternal and child health problems.
Fourth and final lecture in the four-part inaugural UW Global Lecture Series. Professor and Chair of Global Health King Holmes speaks on "HIV: In Your Global Neighborhood." HIV and AIDS remains a threat to development and stability in developing nations; Holmes speaks about current treatment options and the policy implications of these choices. Bill Gates, Sr. also speaks about the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. More information is available at http://www.washington.edu/alumni//activities/lectures/2006global_1025.html.
Third lecture in the four-part inaugural UW Global Lecture Series. "The Promise of Health for All: Are US Policies Making it Harder to Achieve?" is a joint talk by University of Washington professors Steve Gloyd and Sanjeev Khagram. Why does inadequate health care continue to plague the developing world? Professors Gloyd and Khagram examine the global forces and realities that affect our ability to care for the world. More information is available at http://www.washington.edu/alumni//activities/lectures/2006global_1017.html.
Second lecture in the four-part inaugural UW Global Lecture Series. "The Threat of Pandemic Influenza" is a joint talk by UW School of Public Health professors Ann Marie Kimball and Ira Longini and looks into how the global response to a pandemic would look like -- and how the medical realities of 21st century life will affect that response. More information is available at http://www.washington.edu/alumni//activities/lectures/2006global_1010.html.
First lecture in the four-part inaugural UW Global Lecture Series. "Fairness And Factions in Health" is a panel discussion featuring professors Karina Walters, Angelina Godoy, Rachel Chapman, and Beth Rivin. More information is available at http://www.washington.edu/alumni//activities/lectures/2006global_1003.html.
Ann Marie Kimball, professor of epidemiology and health services, sits down to talk about epidemics, SARS, globalization, global health, and her new book "Risky Trade: Infectious Disease in the Era of Global Trade."
Frederick Zimmerman and Dimitri Christakis, authors of "The Elephant in the Living Room: Make Television Work for Your Kids," talk about how television affects children -- and how to get the most out of your TV for your kids.
Dr. Tom Valente speaks on "Personal & Impersonal Media: Social Networks, Communication, and the Dynamics of Behavior Change." Dr. Valente, Associate Professor and Director of the MPH Program, Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California, presents research documenting the use of social network data to understand and change health behaviors. He also presents data from experiences using mass media to promote healthy behaviors and studies of the interaction of impersonal and personal media. You can download his Powerpoint presentation from the Presentations page -- http://sphcm.washington.edu/research/present.asp.
David L. Eaton, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost for Research, EH Administration; and Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences; gave the Spring 2006 Distinguished Faculty Lecture entitled "Genes and Cancer-Causing Chemicals: Understanding Why Humans Are Not Just Big Rodents." You can read more about his research in the Spring 2006 issue of Spotlight on Research -- http://sphcm.washington.edu/publications/spotlight.asp.
Dr. Bill Foege, global health expert, affiliate professor of epidemiology, and longtime friend of the School of Public Health, gave the Gloyd Endowed Lecture on Thursday, May 18, in Hogness Auditorium. The title of his lecture was "Global Health: Looking for Shortcuts." In addition, the School announced the Thomas Francis Jr. Global Endowed Fellowship, which will support students in the new Department of Global Health acquire practical experience in improving public health in developing countries.