Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

Seeking the Common Good Series: Spring 2011

Story posted December 09, 2010

The Worlds of Public Health
January 27 – February 4

In response to increased student and faculty interest in this field, this series takes a multi-disciplinary look at public health issues on the local, national and international levels. Screening and discussion of the acclaimed PBS series Unnatural Causes, which explores socio-economic and racial disparities in health, will lay the foundation for a public health symposium that will bring together practitioners and experts in a variety of public health fields to explore current trends and approaches in public health domestically and internationally. Afternoon breakout sessions will also focus on intersections between public health issues and studies in various academic disciplines, public health in the liberal arts curriculum, and possible fellowship and internship opportunities.

Schedule of Events

Unnatural Causes: In Sickness and in Wealth: a film screening and discussion
Thursday, January 27
7:00 p.m., Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall
This award-winning documentary explores how the distribution of power, wealth and resources shapes opportunities for health (56 min.).
Discussion leader: Craig McEwen, Daniel B. Fayerweather Professor of Political Economy and Sociology

What is Public Health?: a lecture
Shelley Hearne '83, PHD, MPH, Managing Director, Pew Health Group at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Visiting Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Thursday, February 3

7:00 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

The founding Executive Director of the Trust for America’s Health, a national health advocacy organization dedicated to preventing epidemics and protecting people, Shelley Hearne was previously the Executive Director of the Pew Environmental Health Commission, Acting Director of the NJ DEP Office of Pollution Prevention and a scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council. Formerly Chair of the American Public Health Association’s Executive Board and Vice President of the Council on Education for Public Health – the accreditation body for public health schools, Shelley Hearne has authored many national health reports, from bioterrorism to obesity, as well as testified regularly before the U.S. Congress on bioterrorism, pandemic preparedness, health tracking and public health funding.

The Worlds of Public Health: Environment, Policy and Advocacy
Friday, February 4
8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Cram Barn, Cram Alumni House
Registration is required.  Contact Shawn Gerwig for more information.

Continental breakfast 8:00 a.m.
8:45 a.m.

Environmental Health
9:00 a.m.

-Mike Belliveau, Executive Director, Environment Health Strategy Center
-Iris W. Davis '78, MPH, Section Chief Risk Reduction/Enforcement, Massachusetts DEP
-Shelley Hearne '83, PHD, MPH, Managing Director, Pew Health Group at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Visiting Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Facilitator: Dharni Vasudevan, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies

Public Health Policy and Advocacy 10:30 a.m.

-Dora Anne Mills '82, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director - Maine CDC Maine Public Health Director
-David Morales '97, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
-Trish Riley, Director of the Maine Governor's Office of Health Policy and Finance

Facilitator: John Fitzgerald, William D Shipman Professor of Economics

12:00 p.m.

International Public Health
1:00 p.m.

-Kaveh Khoshnood, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Public Health
-Ken Legins '92, MPH, Senior Advisor, HIV Policy and Evidence, UNICEF, New York
-Kali Erickson '94, MPH, MS, Country Program Manager, Infant and Young Child Nutrition Project, PATH

Facilitator: Susan Bell, A. Myrick Freeman Professor of Social Sciences

Roundtable discussions
2:30 p.m.

Fellowship and Internship Opportunities in Public Health
facilitated by Sarah Paul, Career Advisor, Career Planning Center, and Sue Livesay, Director of Health Professions Advising

Public Health in the Liberal Arts Curriculum
facilitated by Matthew Klingle, Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies

This Seeking Series is co-sponsored by the Biology, Career Planning Center, Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Studies, Health Professions Advising, History, the McKeen Center for the Common Good, Psychology, and Sociology & Anthropology and the generous support of the Morgan Family Foundation.

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