Beyond the Affordable Care Act: What Works Best in Public Health? A Symposium on Comparative Effectiveness Research in Prevention

On May 15, 2014, The Dean’s Flagship Initiative in Comparative Effectiveness Research, in Conjunction With the Centennial Committee, held a Symposium on Comparative Effectiveness Research in Prevention

National healthcare reform has placed patient-centered comparative effectiveness research in the spotlight. Most of the conversation has focused on clinical interventions and shared decisions about treatment. Yet, comparative effectiveness research is equally applicable to evaluation of public health programs.  On May 15, 2014 a group of Harvard School of Public Health faculty put forth the case for beginning a national discussion on the relative value not only of medical care, but also of public health interventions.  The symposium covered several examples of leading comparative effectiveness research of prevention interventions.

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8:00-8:45 Continental Breakfast
8:45-8:55 Welcoming Remarks:  Dean Julio Frenk, M.D., M.P.H., Dean of the Faculty and T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development
8:55-9:00 Overview of the Symposium:  Milton Weinstein, Ph.D., Henry J. Kaiser Professor of Health Policy and Management
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9:00-9:25 Steven Gortmaker, Ph.D., Professor of the Practice of Health Sociology:  Modeling the Cost Effectiveness of Childhood Obesity Interventions and Policies  – The CHOICES Project  
9:25-9:50 Francesca Dominici, Ph.D., Professor of Biostatistics and Senior Associate Dean for Research: Causal Inference Approach to Quantifying the Public Health Consequences of Air Quality Regulations
9:50-10:15 Glorian Sorensen, Ph.D., M.P.H, Professor of Social and Behavioral SciencesThe Application of Comparative Effectiveness Research to Test Worksite Interventions
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-10:55 David Hemenway, Ph.D., Professor of Health Policy:  Comparative Effectiveness Research in Injury and Violence Prevention
10:55-11:20 Jane Kim, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Health Decision Science:  Comparative Effectiveness of Cervical Cancer Prevention Policies Using Decision Analysis Methods
11:20-11:45 Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Dr.P.H., Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology:  Comparative Effectiveness of Policies to Improve Diet and Reduce Cardiometabolic Risk
11:55-12:00 Introduction of Keynote:  Milton Weinstein
12:00-12:45 Keynote:  Jeffrey Koplan, MD, MPH, Vice President for Global Health, Emory University Global Health Institute Comparative Effectiveness: Best Buys and Best Bayes
12:45-1:00 Wrap-UpStephen Resch, Ph.D., Lecturer on Health Decision Science and Deputy Director, Center for Health Decision Science


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