Rising to the Challenge: Public Health in the 21st Century
Keynote Speaker: James S. Marks
"Meeting Public Health Challenges for the 21st Century"
James S. Marks, MD, MPH, is Senior Vice President and Director of the Health Group at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). His department includes the Foundation’s work in childhood obesity, public health, and vulnerable populations.
Prior to joining RWJF in 2004, Dr. Marks retired as assistant surgeon general after serving as director of the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for almost a decade. Throughout his tenure at CDC, Dr. Marks developed and advanced systematic ways to prevent and detect diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, reduce tobacco use, and address the nation’s growing epidemic of obesity.
A national leader in public health who has been an advocate of strengthening public health systems and services for more than 35 years, Dr. Marks has received numerous federal, state and private awards. He has published extensively in the areas of maternal and child health, health promotion and chronic disease prevention, and has served on many government and nonprofit committees devoted to improving the public’s health. More about Dr. Marks
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