Yerby Diversity Lecture in Public Health

Named in honor of Dr. Alonzo Smythe Yerby, an African American pioneer in public health, the Yerby Diversity Lecture 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.

Vivian W, Pinn, MD
Vivian W. Pinn, MD

Wednesday, February 7, 2024  |  1:00-1:50 pm ET
Kresge G1 – in-person only

History Maker: A Fireside Chat with Vivian W. Pinn, MD

Vivian W. Pinn, MD, Senior Scientist Emerita, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health; Founding Director (retired), Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health

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The event will be recorded and available for viewing on the ODI website.

Previous Yerby Lectures

Linda A. Alexander, EdD
Chief Academic Officer, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
“Toppling Statues in Academic Public Health”
March 23, 2023  |  View recording here

Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG
President and CEO, Morehouse School of Medicine
“Leading and Advancing Health Equity during Times of Uncertainty”
March 2, 2022 | View recording here

Joseph P. Gone, PhD
Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University; Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Faculty Director, Harvard University Native American Program
“Challenges to Evidence-Based Practice in Indigenous Community Mental Health”
November 16, 2021  |  View recording here

Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH, FACP
James F. Fries Professor of Medicine and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Equity in Health and Healthcare, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Bloomberg School of Public Health
“Advancing Health Equity: Using Evidence-Engaged Interventions Research to Transform Practice and Policy”
March 2, 2021

F. DuBois Bowman, PhD
Dean, University of Michigan School of Public Health
“The Vital Role of Public Health Leadership in Addressing Firearm Safety and COVID-19”
December 3, 2020

John Rich MD, MPH ’90
Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy at Drexel University School of Public Health
“Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Me”
April 18, 2019

Daniel Calac, MD
Chief Medical Officer for the Indian Health Council
“Public Health Interventions for Underage Drinking in Southern California Native American Tribal Communities”
May 03, 2018

Margarita Alegria, PhD
Chief of the Disparities Research Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
“Effects of Social Context, Culture, and Minority Status of Depression and Anxiety”
December 6, 2017

Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH
Director, Rhode Island Department of Health
“Closing the Divide: Tackling Health Disparities and Promoting Health Equity”
April 6, 2016

Russell DeBose-Boyd, PhD
Professor of Molecular Genetics at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
“Elucidating Mechanisms for Sterol-accelerated Degradation of HMG CoA Reductase, the Rate-liming Enzyme in Cholesterol Synthesis and Molecular Target of Statins”
November 30, 2015

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
“The Progressives’ Vision: Public Health Is Purchasable”
May 6, 2014

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
“Addressing Health Disparities of Urban Youth”
April 5, 2011

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

José Cordero, MD, MPH
Dean of the University of Puerto Rico, Graduate School of Public Health
“Children’s Health: Learning from the Consequences of Our Success”
March 3, 2010

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
“Public Health Leadership Opportunities for the 21st Century”
March 13, 2008

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
“Combating the Obesity Epidemic: Recognizing and Reconciling Research Priorities”
February 11, 2008

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

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