Dean’s Symposium: The Trump Administration and the Health of the Public

Cosponsored with The Lancet Commission on Public Policy and Health in the Trump Era
Boston University School of Public Health, May 8, 2018

The day brought together public health scholars, journalists, thought leaders, and the wider public health community to discuss how we can view Trump-era policies and their impact on health more than a year into the new administration.

Agenda

OPENING REMARKS

Sandro Galea, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

David U. Himmelstein, Distinguished Professor, School of Urban Public Health, Hunter College, City University of New York; Lecturer in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Steffie Woolhandler, Distinguished Professor, Hunter College, City University of New York; Lecturer in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

KEYNOTE: FRAMING THE ISSUE—WHY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MAY AFFECT HEALTH

Mary Travis Bassett, Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

PANEL I: HEALTH OF PARTICULAR POPULATIONS – PART ONE

The Health of Immigrants
Altaf Saadi, Fellow, National Clinical Scholars Program, University of California, Los Angeles

The Health of Minority Populations
Zinzi Bailey, Assistant Scientist, Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami

The Health of Children
Davida Schiff, Medical Director, HOPE Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital

Moderator
Charles Kravetz, General Manager, WBUR

PANEL II: HEALTH AND BEHAVIOR

The Economy, and Its Impact on Health
Atheendar S. Venkataramani, Assistant Professor, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Trump Policies on Food and Nutrition
Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor and Professor Emerita, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University

Health Care
Adam Gaffney, Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician, Cambridge Health Alliance

Moderator
Richard L. Berke, Founding Executive Editor, STAT

PANEL III: THE WORLD AROUND US

Global Health
Joia Mukherjee, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Chief Medical Officer, Partners In Health

The Environment
Martin McKee, Professor, European Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Racism and Mental Health
Jacob Bor, Assistant Professor, Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health

Moderator
Carol Hills, Senior Producer, Reporter, and Host, PRI’s The World

PANEL IV: HEALTH OF PARTICULAR POPULATIONS – PART TWO

Native American Health
Michael E. Bird, National Consultant on Native American/Alaska Native Communities, AARP

The Health Crisis in Puerto Rico
Olveen Carrasquillo, Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami

Criminal Justice and Incarceration
Lello Tesema, Director of Population Health, Los Angeles County Correctional Health Services, Department of Health Services; Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Southern California; Gehr Fellow, Gehr Family Center for Implementation Science

Moderator
Jenifer McKim, Senior Investigative Reporter and Senior Trainer, New England Center for Investigative Reporting, Boston University College of Communication

CLOSING REMARKS

David U. Himmelstein, Distinguished Professor, School of Urban Public Health, Hunter College, City University of New York; Lecturer in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Steffie Woolhandler, Distinguished Professor, Hunter College, City University of New York; Lecturer in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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Archived Video

The next time you are in a mood to spend six hours or so on reading a book or whatever, use the time to view this symposium instead. This is as fine of a symposium on issues of health care justice as you’ll ever witness. And considering the challenges that our nation faces, this could not be more timely.

In his closing comments, David Himmelstein explains why we should be updating ourselves on these issues:

“Health professionals have a duty to play a role in the changes our country needs, not just coming from the top to change the politicians who lead us, but to change the sea that those politicians swim in, the data that they understand, and understand not just as dry facts that we feed them, but as things that motivate our citizens and that condition the lives of our nation. So we have a charge as public health and medical professionals to participate in the changes that our country needs.”

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