Public Health On the Brink

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed alarming gaps in our public health system. This year-long event series from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will examine the urgent challenges facing public health today and explore the most promising ideas for rebuilding and revitalizing the field. We’ll hear from leaders on the frontlines of local, state, and federal responses to the pandemic. We’ll discuss equity and access and meet a new generation of community activists. We’ll also talk to members of Congress pushing for solutions. Join us for these important discussions at a critical moment for public health.


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View from the Hill: A conversation with Sen. Ron Wyden

View from the Hill: A conversation with Sen. Ron Wyden

October 5, 2022 | Go to the event page


Upcoming events


October 5th, 2022 @ 12:00 pm

View from the Hill: A conversation with Sen. Ron Wyden

Virtual

Sen. Ron Wyden has long pressed for reform of the mental health care system. As chair of the Senate Finance Committee, he is now leading a bipartisan effort to improve access, close coverage gaps, and expand the number of qualified providers. The Oregon Democrat will discuss mental health and his other public health priorities—including climate change, drug pricing, and abortion rights—in this Q&A with POLITICO health care reporter Krista Mahr.  


Past events


September 16th, 2022 @ 1:00 pm

Fighting for health and justice in the wake of Supreme Court setbacks

Virtual

A Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Forum Recent and anticipated Supreme Court rulings on abortion access, gun control, voting rights, environmental protection, and affirmative action are reshaping U.S. politics and policies. With midterms approaching, we’ve assembled leading voices in these fields to talk through the court’s impact on public health and social justice. Our panelists will also explore the power of civic action — and lay out practical steps to stand up for health and justice in the face … Continue reading "Fighting for health and justice in the wake of Supreme Court setbacks"


June 6th, 2022 @ 12:00 pm

Dismantling disinformation

An on-demand video will be posted after the event. We’ve all seen the perils of disinformation. So, how do we combat it? This panel will explore concrete proposals for dismantling disinformation in communities, on social media, and through public policy and regulation. We’ll bring together experts from multiple fields — including communication, education, behavioral psychology, and First Amendment law — to tackle an issue that could well shape the future of public health. This is a conversation about solutions and … Continue reading "Dismantling disinformation"


May 23rd, 2022 @ 12:00 pm

View from the Hill: A conversation with Sen. Michael Bennet

Presented jointly with POLITICO Sen. Michael Bennet has called for dramatically expanding the public health workforce and rethinking the federal role in spurring development of critical therapeutics, such as next-generation antibiotics. An outspoken supporter of reproductive rights, he has also has raised concerns about what he calls “the radical nature of this Supreme Court” and the prospect that Roe v. Wade will be overturned. Bennet will talk about these proposals and his other work in the health care arena, including … Continue reading "View from the Hill: A conversation with Sen. Michael Bennet"


May 20th, 2022 @ 12:00 pm

View from the Hill: A conversation with Rep. Lauren Underwood

Presented jointly with POLITICO Rep. Lauren Underwood brings a unique perspective to Capitol Hill. The youngest African-American woman ever to serve in the House, she is a registered nurse and former senior adviser to the Department of Health and Human Services, where she helped communities prepare for bioterrorism threats and other public health emergencies. The Illinois Democrat will discuss emergency preparedness, Black maternal health, reproductive rights, gun violence, disinformation, and other issues at the top of her agenda in this … Continue reading "View from the Hill: A conversation with Rep. Lauren Underwood"


May 19th, 2022 @ 12:00 pm

View from the Hill: A conversation with Sen. Bill Cassidy

Presented jointly with POLITICO Sen. Bill Cassidy has been outspoken about the need to improve our response time in future public health emergencies. He has bucked many in his party by supporting local control over decisions such as mask mandates. And he’s a leader in the conservative movement to ban abortions — an issue that has taken on new urgency with the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. The Louisiana Republican, a physician … Continue reading "View from the Hill: A conversation with Sen. Bill Cassidy"


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