An international conference organized by the Master of Public Administration Program, in collaboration with The African & Caribbean Business Council.
While other regions of the world are making strides in improving the living standards of their citizens, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is still trapped in poverty with more than 40% of its 600 million people living below the internationally recognised absolute poverty level of US$ 1 per day. Several reports highlight corruption as one of the institutional and systemic problems responsible for keeping million of Africans under absolute poverty. In fact, the 2008 Transparency International report demonstrates a direct link between corruption and failure of societal institutions to effectively achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in SSA. It is a serious concern that the goals of halving poverty in SSA by the year 2015 from the level of 1990 will not be met.
A Vision to Build a Culture of Health
What: Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
When: Friday, September 19th 2014 (12:00-1:30pm)
Where: Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge: Lunch reception following lecture in the adjacent Reading Room
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA is president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a position she has held since 2003. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health and health care.
With more than 30 years of personal experience as a medical practitioner, policy-maker, professor and nonprofit executive, Lavizzo-Mourey has built on the Foundation’s 40-year history of addressing key health issues by adopting bold, forward-looking priorities that include:
Building a Culture of Health for all Americans.
Reversing the childhood obesity epidemic.
Creating a health care system that provides the best possible care at a reasonable cost.
Expanding the role of highly trained nurses.
Convincing government, business, and civic leaders to consider the public’s health when making decisions.
Addressing the social factors that impact health, especially among the most vulnerable.
Ensuring that all Americans have access to stable and affordable health care coverage.
Supporting a new generation of health leaders.
A specialist in geriatrics, Lavizzo-Mourey came to the Foundation from the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as the Sylvan Eisman Professor of Medicine and Health Care Systems. She also directed Penn’s Institute on Aging and was chief of geriatric medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine. She served as deputy administrator of what is now the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality and worked on the White House Health Care Reform Task Force, co-chairing the working group on Quality of Care. She also has served on the Task Force on Aging Research, the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics and the President’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry.
A graduate of the University of Washington and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Lavizzo-Mourey earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She also holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Lavizzo-Mourey is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. She serves on the Smithsonian Board of Regents and several other boards of directors.
She and her husband of nearly 40 years have two adult children and one grandchild.
"The Meaning of a Superfund Site to the Community"
Location: 10-100 Smilow Center for Translational Research
Join Frances Barg, PhD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and Edward Emmett, MD, MS, Professor of Occupational & Environmental Medicine as they speak about Superfund sites at the Penn SRP Center/CEET seminar series.
"The War on Poverty at 50: Its History and Legacy" (Conference)
Location: Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium (1st floor)
Attend this FREE conference, which will bring together leading scholars and policy analysts. The event is cosponsored by the Penn School of Social Policy & Practice, Urban Studies at Penn, the Penn Department of History, and Penn Institute for Urban Research.
CPHI Seminar Series: "From Disease to Health: Population Based Experience of a Major Community Health System" with Sandra Brooks, MD, MBA
Teach-In: Ebola and Global Health
* The Center for African Studies * The Global Health Initiative
* The Center for Global Studies * The University YMCA
The Center for Global Studies is a National Resource Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
When: Thursday, September 18, 4pm - 5:30pm
Where: Lincoln Hall - Room 1092
Dr. Gay Miller - Professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
Dr. Barry Pittendrigh - Professor in the Department of Entomology and Director of Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO)
Christian Martyn Kamara - National General Secretary (NGS) and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA in Sierra Leone
Mabinty Tarawallie, MSW – Recent Graduate from the University of Illinois School of Social Work and Sierra Leone national