Past Events

A Conversation with Howard Koh, MD, PhD

April 25, 2018

A conversation with Harvard University Professor Howard Koh, MD, MPH, one of the leading health policy thinkers in the United States. Dr. Koh discusses his service as a State Commissioner of Health and as Assistant Secretary of Health in the Obama Administration, with a special focus on his work combating tobacco and opioid addiction and reducing health disparities. He also shares his perspective on the current state of the U.S. health care system and where it needs to reform.


How far should scientists go with data sharing? A debate about Open Science

September 13, 2017

Scientists are facing increasing calls to be more transparent with their methods, study results and data. Advocates of open science believe that more broadly sharing data will improve the application and replicability of research, but critics warn of unintended consequences.  This health policy forum features two distinguished speakers with different views on open science -- please attend and join in on this important debate.


P.J. Devereaux, MD, PhD, PRCP(C), Director of the Division of Cardiology, McMaster University

Nigam H. Shah, MBBS, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics), Stanford Medicine

Mental Illness: A Global Challenge

November 16, 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. 


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

Angela Garcia, PhDAssociate 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.


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

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