Alumni Week 2021

Public Health Through the Life Course

September 27 – October 2, 2021

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Monday, September 27

Keynote Panel: Healthy Aging Across the Life Course

The life course approach to public health plays an important role in understanding population health and well-being by emphasizing health as a product of environmental and social risk factors encountered throughout life. These risk factors have a cumulative, additive, and multiplicative impact on health outcomes and can determine the health trajectory of individuals and populations. Join us for a discussion with leading experts on healthy aging and what has been learned from past studies and what countries can do to create age-friendly cities. 

Featured Panelists

Dr. Alexandre Kalache, president of the International Longevity Centre, Brazil. Co-director of the Age Friendly Institute, Boston. Former director of the Department of Aging and Life Course of the World Health Organization.

Dr Yoav Ben-Shlomo is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Bristol Medical School in the United Kingdom. With Professor Diana Kuh, they have published both theoretical and empirical research on life course influences on chronic diseases. He is a member of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration and involved with running the ALSPAC birth cohort and the Caerphilly and Speedwell Studies.


Dr. Lisa Berkman, director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and of Epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School.