» Grand Rounds » 2013/14 Recaps

2013/14 Recaps


2013-2014 Series
Taking Action to Address the U.S. Health Gap

Visionary speakers focused on the declining U.S. health standing among peer nations, and the directions public health leadership must take to change this course.

These talks build on two critical reports that have been published by the National Academy of Sciences in the last year and contribute to a school-wide agenda to lead in addressing this gap.

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.  


Explore the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #FuturePublicHealth.


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, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program

Her talk explored how chemicals in the environment can affect our bodies much in the same way as medicines, but with unwanted results. Among the questions she addressed are these: 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 help to address the risk factors and improve health?

Watch the video (Livestream)

Slides video

Audio (mp3)  

Narrated Slides (mp4)

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

Slides and Video 

Audio (mp3)  

Narrated Slides (mp4)

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

Slides and Video 

Audio (mp3)  

Narrated Slides (mp4)

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, Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health

Slides and Video 

Audio (mp3)  

Narrated Slides (mp4)

November 13, 2013

Strategies for Domestic Health Transformation

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

Slides and Video 

Audio (mp3) 

Narrated Slides (mp4)

October 9, 2013

Beyond Reform and Rebound:
Frontiers for Rethinking and Redirecting Health System Performance

Bobby Milstein, PhD, MPH [BIO]