How Does Where You Live Affect Your Health?

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Illustration ©2015_Brian Stauffer c/o theispot
Illustration ©2015_Brian Stauffer c/o theispot

Thursday, December 1, 2016

8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m.
Instructional Building
72 East Concord Street
Hiebert Lounge

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Live-Streaming Available During Event

Can the physical and social aspects of your neighborhood influence your health? The symposium will explore the roles of the built environment and housing and will evaluate the science on how interventions can improve the health of vulnerable populations.



8:30–9 a.m.
Breakfast and Informal Greetings

9–9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Sandro Galea

Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

Jonathan Levy

Professor, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health

9:15–10 a.m.
Howard Frumkin

Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Washington

10–11:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Separating Neighborhood-Level from Individual-Level Risk Factors

Mariana Arcaya

Assistant Professor, Urban Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Yvette Cozier

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health

Theresa Osypuk

Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Shakira Suglia

Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

Monica L. Wang (Moderator)

Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m
Ron Sims

Former Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

12:30–2 p.m.

Panel Discussion:  The Influence of Housing on Health

Carlos Dora

Coordinator, Public Health and the Environment Department, World Health Organization

Patricia Fabian

Research Assistant Professor, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health

David Jacobs

Chief Scientist, National Center for Healthy Housing

Megan Sandel

Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

John Spengler (Moderator)

Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

2–2:10 p.m.


2:10–3:40 p.m

Panel Discussion: High-Risk Populations and Strategies to Improve Health

Kalila Barnett

Executive Director, Alternatives for Community and Environment

JoHanna Flacks

Legal Director, Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston (MLPB)

Hector Olvera

Associate Professor and Director of Research, University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing

Madeleine Scammell

Assistant Professor, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health

Carey Goldberg (Moderator)

Health and Science Reporter, WBUR

3:40–3:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Jonathan Levy

Professor, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health

This symposium is sponsored in part by the Joe G. Lopez Lectureship on Racial Disparities in Health. Joe Galindo Lopez (1922-2007) was a lifelong promoter of equality and social justice. Established in his memory, the lectureship aims to highlight social, cultural, and environmental factors contributing to differing health outcomes among vulnerable populations to showcase efforts to address health disparities.

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