Yerby Diversity Lecture in Public Health

The Yerby Diversity Lecture in Public Health, named in honor of Dr. Alonzo Smythe Yerby, an African-American pioneer in public health, brings distinguished minority scientists and scholars to the Harvard School of Public Health to speak on important health topics. Two lectures are typically held per academic year, one in the fall and one in the spring. All lectures are open to the public.



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  • Donald R. Hopkins, MD, MPH
    Vice President, Health Programs, The Carter Center
    February 1, 2011
    Slaying Dragons: We Can Do More
  • Angela Diaz, MD, MPH
    Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor of Pediatrics and Community Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Director, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
    April 5, 2011
    Addressing Health Disparities of Urban Youth
  • José Cordero, MD, MPH, Dean of the University of Puerto Rico, Graduate School of Public Health
    March 3, 2010
    “Children’s Health: Learning from the Consequences of Our Success”
  • Dr. David Satcher, Director, Center for Excellence on Health Disparities, Morehouse School of Medicine, Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, and Former Surgeon General of the United States
    March 13, 2008
    “Public Health Leadership Opportunities for the 21st Century”
  • Shiriki K. Kumanyika, PhD, MPH
    February 11, 2008
    “Combating the Obesity Epidemic: Recognizing and Reconciling Research Priorities
    For more information about Dr. Kumanyika, click here.
  • JudyAnn Bigby, Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    November 14, 2007
    “Healthcare Reform in Massachusetts: Moving Beyond Insurance Reform
    For more information about Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, click here.
  • Bill Jenkins, PhD, MPH
    May 1, 2007
    “The Tuskegee Syphilis Study and the Ethical Implications for Current Research and Intervention”
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