On Monday, October 5, 2015, faculty from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will take part in HUBweek by engaging in a wide-ranging discussion examining four major global health threats that are challenging the lives and health of people in the US and globally. Learn what new research and public policy solutions can begin to solve these threats on a large scale for millions of people.
Four panels will focus on:
- Old and New Pandemics: Developing tools to reverse killer diseases (9:15-10:15 AM)
- Harmful Physical and Social Environments: Preventing Pollution, promoting healthy communities (10:15-11:15 AM)
- Poverty and Humanitarian Crises: Advancing health as a human right (11:30 AM-12:30 PM)
- Failing Health Systems: Leading change, changing leaders (12:30-1:30 PM)
Harmful Physical and Social Environments: Preventing Pollution, promoting healthy communities
Some of the world’s biggest health challenges emerge as a result of a complex combination of factors, ranging from air and water pollution, poverty, and even relative affluence and lifestyle choices. Panelist David Christiani, Elkan Blout Professor of Environmental Genetics, will be focusing on pollution and environmental threats related to toxicant exposure.
Poverty and Humanitarian Crises: Advancing health as a human right
Wars, natural disasters, genocide, and other tragedies prevent people from reaching their full human potential. Global humanitarian aid is a $160- billion-a-year effort that employs 240,000 people in thousands of organizations across more than 100 countries. Panelists will be discussing these issues as waves of refugees continue to flee war-torn countries for Europe. Panelist Jacqueline Bhabha, a professor at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, says that Europe has an obligation to protect those refugees.