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9/18/2014
Inequalities in Health and Inequalities in Income: Themes from The Great Escape
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Angus Deaton
Dwight D Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Economics and International Affairs
Princeton University
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Angus S. Deaton, PhD is Dwight D Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Department of Economics at Princeton University. One of the world's leading development economists, his research on health, wellbeing and economic development focuses on social determinants of health, how people's incomes, their education and the characteristics of the societies in which they live, affect their health status and life chances. His work examines how unprecedented inequalities across the globe including the extreme poverty in India affect the way we think about wellbeing and about policies towards health and poverty. His recent book, THE GREAT ESCAPE: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality published in September, 2013, is “the story of mankind’s escaping from deprivation and early death”, but not for all.
10/9/2014
Pain: A Political History
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Keith Wailoo
Townsend Martin Professor of History and Public Affairs and Vice Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Princeton University

Thursday, October 09, 2014, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Keith A. Wailoo, PhD, Townsend Martin Professor of History and Public Affairs and Vice Dean, is jointly appointed in the Department of History and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Professor Wailoo examines a wide array of issues in public health, scientific and technological innovation in medical care, medical specialization and the role of identity, gender, race and ethnicity in health and disease thought. In his latest book, Pain: A Political History, he traces the development of pain theories in politics, medicine, law and society, and the battles over the morality and economics of relief, examining the tension at the heart of the conservative-liberal political divide. Among his award winning books are How Cancer Crossed the Color Line; The Troubled Dream of Genetic Medicine: Ethnicity and Innovation in Tay-Sachs, Cystic Fibrosis, Sickle Cell Disease; Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health; and Drawing Blood: Technology and Disease Identity in Twentieth Century America. His edited books including his latest, Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race and History, draw interdisciplinary experts together to inform contemporary health and public policy.
10/16/2014
Religion as a Social Determinant of Health
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Ellen Idler
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Sociology and Director, Religion and Public Health Collaborative in Center for Ethics
Emory University

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Ellen L. Idler, PhD, former Professor at the Institute for Health and the Rutgers Department of Sociology, joined the faculty at Emory University in 2009 and became Director of the Religion and Public Health Collaborative in the Center for Ethics and the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Sociology with a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology in the Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Idler studies the influence of religious practices and institutions on the health of populations and communities; the effect of self-perceptions of health on mortality, the timing of death among the elderly; the impact of social factors on the health and quality of life of elderly persons; trends in suicide rates among middle-aged and older Americans; and a comparison of patient and physician global ratings of health in primary care. Her interdisciplinary training in sociology, religion and public health strengthens the cross-discipline bridging relationships in research, teaching and service to communities.
10/23/2014
The Strange Health Effects of Social Policies: Evidence from Experimental Data
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Peter Muennig
Associate Professor
Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health, and the Population Research Center, Columbia University
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Peter Muennig, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health, and the Population Research Center, Columbia University, focuses his research on the cost-effectiveness of competing medical and non-medical social policies in improving population health. He uses randomized trials and cost-effectiveness analyses together to develop causal models to study the most efficient mix of medical and non-medical policies for maximizing health in the U.S. and elsewhere. His work involves educational interventions, housing, health systems, immigration, environmental policies and welfare policies. He has worked as a consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Canadian government and the Chinese government on immigration policy, health system development, and urban health.
10/30/2014
Adolescent Smoking Uptake: Increasing Pleasure or Decreasing Displeasure?
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Janet Audrain-McGovern
Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-Director, Career Development Core Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Janet Audrain-McGovern, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and a member of the Cancer Center and Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on identifying and understanding the biobehavioral determinants of adolescent smoking acquisition to inform youth smoking prevention and smoking cessation interventions. Her work highlights the heterogeneity in adolescent smoking acquisition and the potential contribution of specific genetic factors to this heterogeneity that has led to the identification of protective and risk enhancing gene by environment interactions on adolescent smoking acquisition. She is investigating the biobehavioral predictors of smoking acquisition from adolescence to young adulthood, the protective role of physical activity in adolescent smoking uptake, the use of behavioral economic approaches to explain smoking acquisition and cessation and the co-morbidity between smoking and depression.
11/6/2014
Ethical Challenges in Confronting Disasters: Some Lessons Learned
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Ruth Macklin
Shoshanah Trachtenberg Frackman Faculty Scholar in Biomedical Ethics
Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Yeshiva University
Thursday, November 06, 2014, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Ruth Macklin, PhD is Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Shoshanah Trachtenberg Frackman Faculty Scholar in Biomedical Ethics. Dr. Macklin is considered one of the founders of the field of bioethics. Her scholarly work includes ethics in research involving human subjects, multinational research including disasters in both high income countries and low middle income countries as well as Katrina in New Orleans, global health, global gender justice, ethics in reproductive health, stem cell research, ethical aspects of research and treatment of HIV/AIDS and human rights. Dr. Macklin is an adviser to the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Bioethics and is co-director of an NIH Fogarty International Center training program in research ethics. Dr. Macklin blogs at The Doctor’s Tablet.
11/13/2014
The Underground Gun Market: What (if anything) Can Be Done to Keep Guns Away from Dangerous People?
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Philip J. Cook
ITT/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics and Sociology Faculty Affiliate
Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Philip J. Cook, PhD is ITT/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Economics and Sociology and Faculty Affiliate, Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University. During this year he is a scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation where he will complete a series of articles based on research in four cities (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston) on the sources of guns to gang members. He hypothesizes that a better understanding of the social networks and other underground sources of guns will inform strategic interventions to disrupt supply and reduce gun violence. Dr. Cook has served in a variety of capacities with the National Academy of Sciences including membership on expert panels dealing with alcohol-abuse prevention, violence, underage drinking, school rampage shootings and the deterrent effect of the death penalty. He is author of a number of books on alcohol control policies, gun violence and income inequality as well as a leading scholar in the economics of crime literature.
11/20/2014
Title to be Announced
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Steven Clauser
Program Director, Improving Healthcare Systems Research
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Steven Clauser, PhD, MPA is the Program Director of the Improving Healthcare Systems Research Program at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He is responsible for developing PCORI’s research program that evaluates comparisons among alternative health system strategies to improve patient outcomes in a broad range of clinical and organizational domains. Dr. Clauser is a health services and outcomes researcher with over 25 years of research management experience. His past research included developing measures of patient reported outcomes, care experiences and clinical effectiveness for use by health care organizations to track, assess, and improve the quality of care for adults with cancer and other chronic diseases. Prior to PCORI, he held positions at NCI as associate director for the Community Oncology Research Program, chief of the Outcomes Research Branch and co-director of the Community Cancer Centers Program, where he developed and managed research for system strategies to improve cancer care delivery including adherence to evidence based practice and models of multidisciplinary treatment planning. He also held several leadership positions at the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. Program Director, Improving Healthcare Systems Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
12/4/2014
Using Evidence and Regulation to Improve State Health Policy for Primary Care
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Christopher Koller
President
Milbank Memorial Fund
Thursday, December 04, 2014, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Christopher F. Koller is President of the Milbank Memorial Fund, a national foundation that works to improve the health of populations. Before joining the Fund he was the country’s first health insurance commissioner in the state of Rhode Island, an appointment he held from 2005 to 2013. Under his leadership, the R.I. Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner was nationally recognized for its rate review process and its efforts to use insurance regulation to promote payment reform, primary care revitalization and delivery system transformation. The Office was also one of the lead agencies in implementing the Affordable Care Act in Rhode Island. Previously he was the CEO of the Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island that primarily serves enrollees in R.I.’s managed care program for low and moderate-income families and was the first community health center-affiliated health plan to attain an “Excellent” rating from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Mr. Koller is adjunct professor of community health in the School of Public Health at Brown University.
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Inequalities in Health and Inequalities in Income: Themes from The Great Escape
Angus Deaton
 
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