Past Events

Mental Illness: A Global Challenge

November 2, 2016

Mental Illness is a leading cause of disability and mortality around the globe. Even in wealthy countries, only about half of people with mental illness receive adequate care. In low and middle income nations, almost all go untreated by trained mental health professionals. Yet many other healing resources can be activated in low-resource countries, creating opportunities for people with mental illness to be helped and indeed to thrive. This Health Policy Forum engages the enormous challenges and opportunities of global mental health. 

Speakers:

Vivek Patel, PhD, Co-Founder, NGO Sangath and the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Angela Garcia, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University

Longevity: The Benefits and Burden of an Aging Society

April 26, 2016

Health policy planners throughout the developed world are bracing for large increases in the number of elderly individuals. U.S. life expectancy is now at 79 - a historical high - and unprecedented number of Americans are breezing into their 80s, 90s and beyond. Although this poses challenges for society's health care and social welfare policies, it also presents opportunities. How well people fare in late life and what they have to offer others can be enhanced through their behaviors adn choices, which in turn are shaped by policies, programs and social programs.

Speakers: 

Lesley Stahl, Broadcast Journalist, 60 Minutes, Author "Becoming Grandma"

Laura Carstensen, PhD, Founding Director of Psychology, Farleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy.