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May 19 2017 A Conversation with Larry Brilliant

Dr. Larry Brilliant has spent his career working to improve lives—locally and globally—through his work helping eradicate smallpox with the UN, curing millions of people of blindness with Seva Foundation, and building technologies of the future with Google.org and public tech companies. Now he has written a memoir, Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventures of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History, in which he reflects on his extraordinary experiences as a doctor, innovator, philanthropist, and cultural revolutionary.

May 19 2017 Lynn Barr: Health Equity for Rural Patients

According to the federal Agency for Heath Research and Quality, the quality of primary care is significantly lower in rural communities than urban. Since 1990, rural residents have lost 2.4 years of life compared to metropolitan areas. Managing population health can change this outcome. An energetic entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in health care, Lynn Barr has shepherded four start-ups and 12 medical inventions through research, the FDA, and on to worldwide markets. Today, through Caravan Health, Lynn is a recognized leader in the development and execution of national scale programs that bring better care to patients and help health care practices succeed. Caravan Health supports more than 17,000 independent primary care providers making the transformation to value-based payments with affordable, simple solutions that achieve outstanding results

May 19 2017 Shannon Brownlee: Beyond Coverage: After the ACA

We have a new Administration and a single-party Congress, yet Americans still have not begun to connect the dots between our fragmented, market-based healthcare system and the nation’s failure to promote public health. The media’s role in shifting the topic of conversation from the politics of coverage to a new paradigm for health and healthcare has never been more vital

May 19 2017 Health in California under a Trump Presidency

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California’s health landscape is always shifting due to budget fluctuations, market dynamics, and policy and demographic changes—and the pace of change is likely to accelerate following the November 2016 election. Change can lead to challenges and challenges often disproportionately impact low-income residents and vulnerable populations. How can we improve access to and quality of care in our state? How can we promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians, particularly those most in need? 

Apr 06 2017 Dr. Garen Wintemute & Magdalena Cerdá: Firearm Violence

Firearm injury is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., and disproportionately affects black men between the ages of 15 and 34. Including homicides and suicides, the United States experiences, on average, the equivalent of one death by firearm every 16 minutes.

In this lecture, Professors Wintemute and Cerdá review current research on firearm violence as a health problem, highlight successful interventions, and suggest possibilities for the future.

Apr 06 2017 Sophie Egan MPH '14: Devoured

Everyone in the public health world knows that people's behaviors are shaped by their environments. But an often overlooked aspect of the environment is the cultural element. How do the values that define our national character—work, freedom, and progress—shape our eating habits, the good and the bad? This is the question that Sophie Egan, food writer, UC Berkeley SPH alum, and Culinary Institute of America program director, addresses in her provocative, eye-opening book, Devoured. In Devoured, Sophie holds a mirror up to daily life, revealing the deeper meaning behind our food choices: from around-the-clock snacking to "Sad Desk Lunch;" from the American obsession with “having it our way” to "Stunt Foods," like Doritos Locos Tacos.

May 04 2016 All That Glitters

Jessica ZitterAs a doctor working in one of the most technologically sophisticated areas of medicine, the Intensive Care Unit, Dr. Jessica Zitter has witnessed firsthand the power of life-prolonging treatments. Using them, she has been able to pull many patients from the jaws of death. She has also seen the profound harm that can come to patients when doctors focus on these high-tech treatments instead of the whole patient. This practice feeds into what she calls the End-of-Life Conveyor Belt, where patients are treated as a package of organs to be kept alive rather than as human beings with preferences and values. Dr. Zitter makes the case for bringing communication back into the patient-doctor relationship, encouraging doctors to step out from behind their catheters and breathing machines to engage in honest conversations with patients and their families. In 2005, she co-founded Vital Decisions, a telephone counseling service that helps patients and their families participate actively in making decisions about their medical care at end-of-life. 

Apr 21 2016 Clinical and Financial Integration: Managing Risk in a Changing Marketplace

Frank WilliamsFrank Williams, chief executive officer of Evolent Health, discusses managing risk in a changing health care marketplace. Communities nationwide are battling with the issue of the cost of health care. Payers are responding with new products that put more financial burden on the consumer and tier or narrow networks. There is also recognition that integrated networks that assume risk can reduce cost while providing high-quality care. Over the next few years, health systems will have the opportunity to prove whether this model can work. Every market and individual situation is different, and there are strong opportunities for payer partnerships as well as provider-sponsored health plans. The question for health systems is how to participate in this new world as a leader vs. being led by market forces. Williams provides real-world examples from systems that have employed the spectrum of options available.

Apr 05 2016 Communicating Science to the Public: The Vaccine-Autism Controversy

Paul Offit, MDPaul A. Offit, MD, Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses the science behind the fear that vaccines cause autism and addresses the manner in which politicians, celebrities, scientists, and the media portrayed this story to the public. He also discusses the challenges involved in communicating science to the public.

This talk is part of the 2015-2016 UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean’s Speaker Series and the 2015-2016 Kaiser Permanente Lecture Series. It is co-sponsored by UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Mar 28 2016 The Principles and Priorities of Population Health Science

Sandro GaleaPopulation health science is the study of the conditions that shape distributions of health within and across populations, and of the mechanisms through which these conditions manifest as the health of individuals. Population health science is hitting its stride, as several leading schools of public health are launching doctoral programs in population health science and trainees in these schools are increasingly thinking of themselves as population health scientists. But what is “population health science”? Is it simply public health in a new cloak? Sandro Galea MD, DrPH, dean and professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, argues that population health science is a pragmatic science that aims to marshal evidence as a way to inform interventions that improve the health of populations. He presents the foundations of population health science, providing formative core principles around which to organize our thinking and scholarship in this area.

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