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.
Karen Sokal-Gutierrez discusses the world pandemic of tooth decay. Sokal-Gutierrez is a physician trained in pediatrics, preventive medicine, and public health, with a focus on maternal-child health. She has worked as a physician in community health clinics, public health program administrator, consultant to child care and preschool programs, and writer for a parenting website. She is an associate clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health where she teaches medical students, public health graduate students and undergraduate students. Her work focuses on improving early childhood health. She has worked in global health for over 30 years, including for the past 10 years leading a family of studies on children’s oral health and nutrition in El Salvador, Ecuador, Peru, Vietnam, Nepal and India, in which over 100 volunteer students and health professionals have participated.
Speakers Stephen M. Shortell, dean and Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management, and B. Fulton, assistant adjunct professor of health economics, discuss the Berkeley Forum Report—a detailed roadmap that would transform the state’s health care system and improve care and outcomes while saving billions of dollars in the process. The report is the result of an unprecedented, year-long collaborative effort involving policy experts from UC Berkeley, CEOs of major health insurers and health care delivery systems, and leaders from California’s public sector. Panelists are Wade Rose, vice president, external and government relations at Dignity Health, and Anthony Barrueta, senior vice president for government relations at Kaiser Permanente.This lecture is part of the Implementing Health Care Reform in California lecture series, cosponsored by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholars Program.
In this lecture, California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley discusses the Governor’s “Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force, which she cochaired. The task force was charged with developing a 10-year plan to make Californians healthier. Dooley speaks about the task force’s report and its framework for assessing Californians’ health across the lifespan.This is the fourth lecture in the Implementing Health Care Reform in California lecture series, cosponsored by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholars Program.