Lessons Learned from a Life in WHO: Governance and How We Generate Global Health
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
4:30–6 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.)
72 East Concord Street
Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People Provided
Cohosted with Boston University Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Boston University School of Public Health Careers & Practicum Office.
The content and scope of public health have changed significantly over the last 40 years. The World Health Organization is uniquely positioned to make a difference in the way the world deals with development, health, and well-being. But neither WHO’s strong mandate nor its accumulation of robust evidence on the determinants of health are sufficient to inspire political commitment and action. Agis D. Tsouros will talk about insights and lessons learned from his career with WHO, focusing on answering four key questions: What are the imperatives of public health in the 21st century? What are the challenges facing public health in making an impact today? How can policies at all levels of government be shaped and informed on evidence of what works? How can public health be reconfigured for a new age?
Agis D. Tsouros, International Advisor on Health Policy and Strategy; Former Director, Policy and Governance for Health and Wellbeing at WHO Europe; Former Director of the Healthy Cities Program at WHO Europe; and Visiting Professor, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London
During his 27-year career in WHO, Tsouros had the opportunity to work on and be responsible for a wide range of technical domains, including public health systems, tobacco control, prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, environmental health, and country support. From 2004 to 2006, he was seconded to the Greek government to lead the public preparedness for the Athens 2004 Olympics and assumed the position of chairman of the National Board of Public Health and president of the Greek CDC. His work on the Athens Olympics was instrumental in mainstreaming the field of mass gathering and public health within WHO. Tsouros is the author, coauthor, or intellectual sponsor/initiator of several influential and widely translated publications on urban health and healthy cities; the solid-facts series for policymakers on topics such as the social determinants of health and equity, active living, home care, health literacy, palliative care, and healthy aging; and publications on leadership and intersectoral governance for health and sustainable development. He is currently advising WHO Regional Offices as well as individual countries and cities worldwide on health policy and governance. He established GlobalHealthyCities to promote strengthening Healthy Cities and the implementation of the new sustainable development goals agenda at the local level. Tsouros is also in the process of relaunching the World Institute for Cities Diplomacy.