John Thackara, author of a widely read blog, doorsofperception.com, and of a new book, How To Thrive In The Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow's World Today (Thames & Hudson), spoke at Sutardja Dai Hall as part of the School of Public Health’s Dean’s Speaker Series. He argued that health and well-being are best thought of as properties of a social and ecological context, not as the outcome of procedures paid for in hospitals. Re-imagined this way, public health is determined by the vitality of soils, plants, water, air, and other ecosystems. When the health of social and ecological contexts is the priority, quality of care can replace money as a better measure of value in an economy. Health, within this new frame, is best looked after as a commons at the scale of a bioregion.
Sir Michael Marmot, author of The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World and director of the University College London Institute of Health Equity, spoke at the David Brower Center as part of the School of Public Health’s Dean’s Speaker Series. He argued that creating the conditions for people to lead flourishing lives, and empowering individuals and communities, is the key to reducing health inequalities. Dramatic differences in health are not a simple matter of rich and poor; poverty alone doesn't drive ill health, but inequality does. In every country, people at relative social disadvantage suffer health disadvantage and shorter lives.
Venture out into the fields of Salinas with Mark Bittman as he interviews UC Berkeley School of Public Health's Brenda Eskenazi, chair of the Community Health Sciences Division. She leads the CHAMACOS (Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas) study, which follows children born between 2000-2002 and assesses the impact of pesticides and other environmental chemicals (like flame retardants) on their long-term health.
The School of Public Health, the Berkeley Population Center, and the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging presented a symposium showcasing healthy communities research, with sessions on aligning health care and social determinants of health; community approaches to obesity prevention; and community-based health policy research in Richmond, California.
Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist, is the director of the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. His two books about his medical education and career—Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation and Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician—provide trenchant insights into the inefficiencies and waste of our troubled, profit-driven health care system, and the negative impact of these flaws on patient care. He has written for the New York Times for many years and is now a regular columnist for the opinion section.
As bacteria rapidly outmaneuver our ability to control them, we are increasingly vulnerable to outbreaks of drug-resistant pathogens. The use of antibiotics in livestock production is driving the growth of this resistance and also appears to be contributing to our obesity epidemic—all of which promises dramatically higher health care and human costs unless the situation is addressed. A discussion introduced by David Tuller, moderated by John Swartzberg, and featuring panelists Maryn McKenna, Lee Riley, Michael Pollan, and Piero Garzaro.
In this TEDx Yakima talk, Dr. Seth M. Holmes discusses how unequal policies force people to leave their homes and risk their lives to harvest our food; how unequal hierarchies in our food system determine who benefits and who gets sick; and how unequal narratives justify this harmful system. As global citizens, eaters, and neighbors, we have the opportunity to challenge these inequalities. Holmes is the Martin Sisters Assistant Professor of Health and Social Behavior at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. His work focuses on social hierarchies, health inequalities, and the ways in which inequalities are naturalized and normalized in society and in health care. He is the author of Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies.
Dr. Arthur Reingold, professor of epidemiology and associate dean for research at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, has worked for more than 30 years on prevention and control of infectious diseases at the national level and globally in developing countries. He answers a few basic questions about the Ebola virus, including: What is Ebola and how dangerous is it? How does Ebola spread and why is it spreading? What should we be doing to keep safe? and What's the role of UC Berkeley's School of Public Health?
Video by Roxanne Makasdjian and Phil Ebiner
Three global health experts—Gilead executive VP Gregg Alton, UCSF Global Health Science's Dr. Eric Goosby, and UC Berkeley School of Public Health dean Stefano Bertozzi—discuss the role and responsibilities of public and private organizations in the response to the global HIV and HCV epidemics. From policy advances to facilitate access to life saving antiretrovirals for millions of patients, to challenges in regulatory infrastructure, to the rocky path for point-of-care diagnostics and treatment monitoring technologies, to the recognition that treatment is prevention and key to any containment strategy—the lessons provided by the expansion and entrenchment of the HIV epidemic, and successes and failures in the public health response are unparalleled in the global health arena.
In a Regents Lecture, Lord Nigel Crisp, member, House of Lords UK, talks about the three most promising areas for innovation in health globally. Lord Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords and works mainly on international development and global health. From 2000 to 2006, he was both chief executive of the NHS and permanent secretary of the UK Department of Health.