2013 Joan H. Tisch Public Health Forum


Georges Benjamin, Theodore M. Brown, Clay Bennett on “The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History”

With: Georges C. Benjamin Executive Director, American Public Health Association; Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health 2010-2011Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP(E), FNAPA, Hon FRSPH, is the executive director of the American Public Health Association, the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. He previously was the secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, from 1999 - 2002 following four years as its deputy secretary for public health services. For the last 20 years he has been actively practicing public health at the local, state, and national level with expertise in the areas of emergency preparedness, administration and infectious diseases. Dr. Benjamin serves as publisher of the field's premier journal, the American Journal of Public Health, The Nation's Health Newspaper and the APHA's timeless publication on infectious diseases, the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual.Theodore Brown Professor, Department of Health Sciences University of Rochester Medical CenterTheodore Brown is a historian of medicine, public health, and health policy. He has conducted research on the history of the biopsychosocial approach and on translational medicine; the history of twentieth and early twenty-first century U.S. health policy; the influence of organized philanthropy on medical research, health policy, and medical education, and the history of American and global public health. He is a Contributing Editor for History of the American Journal of Public Health.Clay Bennett Editorial Cartoonist, Chattanooga Times Free PressClay Bennett is an American editorial cartoonist. Currently drawing for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Bennett is the winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.

2013 Joan H. Tisch Public Health Forum

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The fourth annual Joan H. Tisch Public Health Forum: Can City Food Policies Reduce Disparities? Lessons from New York and London presented an informative panel discussion to explore what cities can and should do to make a difference to health inequities through food-related policies.  Both the US and the UK are currently experiencing obesity epidemics. The health consequences of food-related illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and cancer are well documented, as are health disparities among different populations related to these diseases. This program examined the benefits and challenges of addressing disparities through food policies and the role of municipal governments in tackling this issue.


SUE ATKINSON, Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College, Visiting Professor, University College London, and former Director of Public Health London and Health Adviser to Mayor and Greater London Authority.

THOMAS FARLEY, Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

MARION NESTLE, Paulette Goddard Professor, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, New York University.

DEREK YACH, Senior Vice President, The Vitality Group, Former Executive Director of the World Health Organization, head of  Global Health at the Rockefeller Foundation, and Senior Vice President for Global Health and Agriculture Policy at PepsiCo.

moderated by

CORBY KUMMER, Senior Editor, The Atlantic.

The Joan H. Tisch Public Health Forum is funded by a grant from The Steve Tisch Foundation, The Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Foundation and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

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