October 25, 2013
HSPH hosted members of its Leadership Council and Centennial Gala attendees for its Centennial Leadership Summit, which examined the most pressing public health challenges that are unfolding as the School embarks on its second century. Before a packed auditorium, five ministerial-level public health leaders spoke about why they chose public health and what they would most like to see achieved in the years to come. Panelists included Gro Harlem Brundtland, MPH ’65, former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director-General of the World Health Organization; Suraya Dalil, MPH ’05, Minister of Public Health of Afghanistan; Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Kelechi Ohiri, MPH ’02, SM ’03, Senior Adviser, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria; and Pradit Sintavanarong, MPH ’89, Minister of Public Health of Thailand. The lively discussion was moderated by Harvey Fineberg, AB ’67, MD ’71, MPP ’72, PhD ’80, president of the Institute of Medicine and former dean of HSPH.
Earlier in the day, Dean Julio Frenk addressed the history and future of public health. Jonathan Lavine, MBA ’92, co-chair of the Campaign for HSPH, discussed the impact of HSPH research. Nancy Lukitsh, MBA ’80 was honored with the 2013 Volunteer Leadership Award for her service to the School.