Forum on Population Health Equity

The Forum will not be held this year.  In its place is the Advancing Women in Public Health & Medicine Symposium will be offered.  Sponsored by Teikyo-Harvard Program, this one-day symposium will be held, September 15, 2017, 8:00am-3:00pm.  Please visit the webpage for details:


We are excited to see everyone next week at the 2016 Forum and Nano Course Series on Population Health Equity. The Nano Course Series, taking place Monday, October 17, 2016, and the Forum, set for Tuesday, October 18 – Wednesday, October 19, 2016, are being hosted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with generous support from the Aetna Foundation.


The following provides important registration and programmatic information, updates, and links for both the 2016 Forum on Population Health Equity Nano Course Series and the Forum.

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Registration is free-of-charge, and includes all events and program materials. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served on both days of the Forum. You may register online here (URL: for the Nano Course Series and the Forum until Monday, October 17, 2016, 5:00 p.m. EST. If you miss this deadline, please visit the Forum team at the registration table onsite to sign up and/or send an e-mail to

All registration will take place at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, located at 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, in the Longwood Medical Area, of Boston, MA, on the following dates and times:

Pre-Meeting Nano Course Series on Population Health Equity
Registration will be on first floor of the conference center.
Date: October 17, 2016, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Forum on Population Health Equity
Registration will be on the ground level of the conference center.
Dates: October 18-19, 2016
Registration opens October 18, at 8:00 a.m., and on October 19, at 8:30 p.m.

Dual Nano Course Series/Forum Registrants
Participants registered for both the Nano Course and the Forum do not need to check in twice. Dual registrants who pick up their credentials for the Nano Course are also considered registered for the Forum through Wednesday afternoon.

For those who cannot join us in person will be able to watch the sessions live online October 18-19, 2016, here (URL:

For complete meeting details, download the 2016 Harvard Forum on Population Health Equity program or click on the links below for specific details:

2016 Forum on Population Health Equity Nano Course / Forum Agenda and Map

Forum Keynote Address and Panel Descriptions  and Forum Faculty Biographies

Nano Course Descriptions and Nano Course Faculty Biographies
(Those enrolled in Using Maps/Geospatial Technology to Enhance Your Manuscript should download this document to review the preparation guidance.)

Health Equity Fellows Biographies

Posters-at-a-Glance and Complete Poster Abstracts

This year’s Forum will be preceded by the Nano Course Series on Population Health Equity, on Monday, October 17, 2016, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each of the six (6) intensive pre-conference trainings will focus on a single specific population health equity topic. Taught by a faculty of international experts, the Nano Course sessions include:

Session 1: How to Measure Racial Inequalities in Health in a Multiracial World: Challenges from Brazil, with Dr. Alexandre Chiavegatto Filho
Location: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Kresge Building, Room 907 (Epidemiology Library)

Session 2: Physical Activity and Health, with Dr. Dario Novak
Location: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Building 1, Room 1302 (Environmental Health Conference Room)

Session 3: Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease, with Dr. Monik Jimenez
Location: Countway Library, Room 503 (Ballard Room)

Session 4: Conceptualization, Measurement, & Population Health Strategies Addressing
Racial/Ethnic Discrimination & Health, with Drs. Sze (Sam) Y. Liu and Kellee White
Location: Harvard Medical School, TMEC, Room 250 (Mini Amphitheater)

Session 5: Using Maps/Geospatial Technology to Enhance Your Manuscript, with Dr. Yusuf Ransome,
Location: Harvard Medical School, TMEC, Room 106 (Learning Studio – Peabody)
**Please click here for participant preparation information.**

Session 6: Neighborhoods and Health: Multilevel, Activity-Space, and Quasi-Experimental Approaches, with Drs. Roman Pabayo and Toby Datta
Location: Harvard Medical School, TMEC 128 (Learning Studio – Castle)

Please noteWhile the  Nano Course list above lists the classroom location for each session, attendees are asked to check in first at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to pick up their nametags and program materials.

Note about Dual Nano Course/Forum Registration
While you are not required to register for the Forum in order to participate in the Nano Course Series, dual registration is highly recommended to maximize your learning experience. Dual Nano Course/Forum attendees who check in on Monday, October 17, 2016 will be considered registered for through Wednesday, October 19, 2016, and will not need to visit the registration table prior to participating in the Forum.

Pre-Forum Registration
Forum participants not participating in the Nano Course series are welcome to check in early on Monday, October 17, 2016.

This year’s agenda features established population health equity researchers. Dr. Jeffrey Brenner will open the meeting with his keynote address, “Hot-Spotting: Using Big Data for Health Equity.” Two additional keynote sessions also are scheduled. On October 18, Dr. Kathryn Edin will share her research on “The New Poverty: Living on Less Than $2/Day in America,” and, during the day’s luncheon, will sign copies of her book. Dr. Nancy Krieger will close the Forum with a discussion about her latest research on “Health Equity and The Erroneous Temptation of Making the Causes of Health Sum to 100%: An Ecosocial Analysis.” [Dr. Kreiger has provided a list of resources related to her session, which can be downloaded here. A limited number of copies will be available onsite.]
Two panel sessions on Social Network Interventions to Address Health Equity and Housing, Neighborhoods, and Social Mobility, will round out the program.

Please note: All Forum events will take place at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center. Learn more about the Forum’s program here, and about the Forum faculty here.

Special Forum Events
There are a number of special events taking place at the Forum, including the Emerging Population Health Equity Researcher Poster Session, featuring the work of public health graduate and post-doctoral students, on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Plan your poster session experience by downloading the Emerging Poster Sessions-a-Glance document here. You also can peruse the complete poster abstracts here.

We also hope you will welcome this year’s Population Health Equity Fellows. These mid-career leaders received a scholarship to attend the Forum based on their ongoing academic and professional achievements, as well as recommendations from their peers and mentors. Learn more about these inspiring fellows here.

You may contact meeting organizers at Learn more and download this year’s agenda from the Forum’s website and social media channels:

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Be sure to tag your updates about the Forum using our official hashtag: #PopHealthEquity.

The Forum does not have an official hotel, however, a list of short-term accommodations is available here.

Due to the limited parking available near the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, we are encouraging all participants to use public transportation. To plan your trip, please visit the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and/or the Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization (MASCO).