At a gala event at New York City’s Pierre Hotel on October 18th, the Mailman School awarded the highest prize in public health — The Frank A. Calderone Prize in Public Health — to Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, President of the Institute of Medicine. The following day Dr. Fineberg delivered the Calderone Prize Lecture at the Paley Center for Media in midtown Manhattan. His timely topic: Public Health in a Time of Government Austerity.
Dr. Fineberg's talk was introduced by Dean Linda P. Fried, who hailed Dr. Fineberg for his many contributions to the field of public health and to public health education. Dr. Fineberg was then introduced by Francesca Calderone-Steichen, who noted that "the Calderone lecture is the high point of the prize" that bears her father's name.
Dr. Fineberg's lecture took note of opportunities that exist to improve the public's health even in a time of austerity, and warned of the risks of complacency, timidity and obstinency and other "seven deadly sins of public health."