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The Harvard Chan Studio is the hub for the School’s premiere in-person and live-streamed events. We convene global leaders in health policy, advocacy, industry, and research for insightful conversations about public health’s most pressing challenges and most promising solutions.

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Upcoming events

December 14th, 2023 @ 1:00 pm

The dangers of ultra-processed foods


Ultra-processed foods are everywhere; the category includes many cereals, breads, yogurts, and frozen dinners — not to mention sweets and sodas. In fact, they make up nearly 60% of the typical American diet. But there’s mounting evidence that ultra-processed foods are potentially addictive and uniquely dangerous, linked to conditions including obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Our experts will walk through the science and share policy recommendations, as well as tips for healthy eating.  Register for free to … Continue reading "The dangers of ultra-processed foods"

Past events

December 4th, 2023 @ 1:00 pm

What’s it like to work in U.S. government? An insider’s perspective

Virtual In Person

A Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Forum  Working in the White House sounds glamorous. Running federal health programs sounds important. But what are these jobs really like? Our panelists will share the inside scoop: How they navigated tense politics, all-consuming crises, conflicting priorities, and (in some cases) a hostile press to advance the public health agendas of the Biden and Obama administrations. They’ll discuss their experiences and take your questions in this informal—but highly informative—discussion.  Register for free to … Continue reading "What’s it like to work in U.S. government? An insider’s perspective"

November 28th, 2023 @ 1:00 pm

Lower your stress with a mindfulness session

In Person

Find calm amidst the end-of-semester rush with mindfulness expert Lilian Cheung. She’ll lead a mindfulness exercise and share practical tips to center yourself before the holidays. After the session, enjoy snacks and fellowship in the Studio.  Register for free to attend.    An on-demand video will be posted after the event.  SPEAKER Lilian Cheung, Director of Mindfulness Research and Practice in the Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 

November 17th, 2023 @ 1:00 pm

Leading with empathy: A conversation with former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Virtual In Person

This live stream has ended. Thank you to those who tuned in. Good political leadership requires acumen, decisiveness – and empathy. Jacinda Ardern, former prime minister of New Zealand, built her career with empathy at its core. During the 5 ½ years that she led her country, Ardern demonstrated that value repeatedly, from her successful approach to protecting lives during the pandemic to her quick action to strengthen gun control following attacks on mosques. Now a fellow at Harvard and a … Continue reading "Leading with empathy: A conversation with former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern"

October 30th, 2023 @ 1:00 pm

Health care reform for the people: A conversation with former Canadian Health Minister Jane Philpott

Virtual In Person

Former Canadian Health Minister Jane Philpott is calling for an overhaul of the Canadian health care system. Following the pandemic, Canada, much like the U.S., is facing a shortage of primary care providers and lengthy wait times for procedures. Philpott, who is now Dean of Health Sciences at Queen’s University, is looking to post-secondary education to drive innovation in health care reform. In this Q&A, we’ll discuss ways to improve health outcomes through primary care teams, improved access to health … Continue reading "Health care reform for the people: A conversation with former Canadian Health Minister Jane Philpott"

October 24th, 2023 @ 1:00 pm

Covering race and racism: A view from the newsroom

Virtual In Person

Presented jointly with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and the Center for Health Communication  It isn’t enough to write about race and health separately: to tell the whole story, journalists must explore the many complex ways in which race, racism, and health intersect. In this fireside chat, renowned journalists Akilah Johnson of The Washington Post and Amber Payne of The Emancipator will be joined by health equity expert and former NYC health commissioner Mary Bassett. They will take your … Continue reading "Covering race and racism: A view from the newsroom"

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