Public Health: Point/Counterpoint

Debating Pressing Public Health Issues of our Time

In 2013-2014 the Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives will present a seminar series entitled Public Health Point/Counterpoint. Each event within the series will discuss a key public health issue or approach in a debate format, allowing for a variety of opinions and viewpoints to be represented. Specific themes to be covered include:

Can increasing taxes change behavior and improve health?

Tuesday, September 17th, 12 - 1:30pm | Flyer
Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium, 34th and Spruce streets

Giridhar Mallya, MD, MSHP
Director of Policy and Planning
Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Donald S. Kenkel, PhD 
Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Management
College of Human Ecology
Cornell University

HIV Programming and Policy: Will treatment as prevention overshadow the efforts of behavior change programs?

Friday, November 15th, 12 - 1:30pm | Flyer
Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium, 34th and Spruce streets

Myron S. Cohen, MD | View slides
J. Herbert Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Epidemiology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Robert M. Grant, MD, MPH | View slides
Professor, Medicine
University of California, San Francisco


Victoria A. Cargill, MD, MSCE | View slides
Professor, University of Pennsylvania Robert Wood Johnson Scholars program.

Accelerating Innovative Strategies to Achieve Health Equity

***This event has been postponed due to inclement weather***
It is our hope to reschedule it, and we will be in touch once a new date is selected

Now is the time for "less talk and more action" to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities to achieve health equity for all. This conference will bring together public health experts, researchers, faculty, students, and community members to provide valuable context for exploring innovative approaches and promising practices to counteract obesity and improve health equity. Featuring a keynote lecture by:

Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD
Adjunct Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University
Dr. Jones' lecture is titled: Naming, Measuring, and Addressing the Impacts of Racism on Health

The event will also include a Point/Counterpoint lecture: Debating Strategies for Obesity Prevention as a Health Equity Issue