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 Chan School to speak on important health topics. All lectures are open to the public.

Fall 2015 LECTURE
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  •  Tom Sequist, MD, MPH
    Chief Quality and Safety Officer, Partners Healthcare; Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School; Joint Appointments in the Division of General Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital & the Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
    December 1, 2014


  • Evelynn Hammonds, PhD
    Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of The History of Science &
    Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University.
    May 6, 2014

Watch the Lecture Here: The Progressives’ Vision: Public Health Is Purchasable

    • 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”


  •  Donald R. Hopkins, MD, MPH
    Vice President, Health Programs, The Carter Center
    February 1, 2011
    “Slaying Dragons: We Can Do More”


    • 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”


    • David Satcher, MD, PhD, FAAFP, FACPM, FACP
      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
      Associate Dean for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
      Senior Advisor and Senior Scholar, Center for Public Health Initiatives
      February 11, 2008
      “Combating the Obesity Epidemic: Recognizing and Reconciling Research Priorities”


    • JudyAnn Bigby, MD
      Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
      November 14, 2007
      “Healthcare Reform in Massachusetts: Moving Beyond Insurance Reform”


  • Bill Jenkins, PhD, MPH
    Professor of Public Health Sciences and Associate Director of Research Center on Health Disparities, Morehouse College
    May 1, 2007
    “The Tuskegee Syphilis Study and the Ethical Implications for Current Research and Intervention”