Events / Transforming Public Health: Learning From the Past, Preparing for the Future

Transforming Public Health: Learning From the Past, Preparing for the Future

October 27, 2021
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

As the pandemic continues, how do we recognize the value of public health for the future? How do we prepare our public health infrastructure for future emergencies? Can we strengthen public trust in our health leaders and processes? In what ways can we align health care systems and fortify infrastructure, so that they are ready when we need them most?

According to a 2020 poll, “More than 7 in 10 Americans believe public health plays an important role in the health of their community.”

Join the Institute for Public Health on October 27, 2021 for this popular and informative hybrid event! Hear from nationally recognized guests including Leana Wen, MD, an emergency physician and visiting professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health; contributing columnist to The Washington Post and a frequent medical analyst on CNN.

The conference will consist of presentations and discussions on topics including equity in vaccine distribution in the U.S. and around the globe, efficiencies (and inefficiencies) in public health infrastructure, and communication strategies.

About the Keynote Speaker

Leana S. Wen, MD MSc FAAEM

Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician and visiting professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. A nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, she is also a contributing columnist for The Washington Post, writing on health policy and public health, and an on-air commentator for CNN as a medical analyst. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Wen has received recognition as one of Governing’s Public Officials of the Year, Modern Healthcare’s Top 50 Physician-Executives, World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, and TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

Dr. Wen’s recently published memoir, Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health (Metropolitan Books, 2021) is an insider’s account of public health and its crucial role―from opioid addiction to global pandemic―and an inspiring story of her journey from struggling immigrant to being one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People.

Speakers & Panelists

In order of appearance.

Clay Goddard, MPA
Senior Director of Public Health Transformation, Missouri Foundation for Health

Elvin Geng, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine and Director of the Center for Dissemination and Implementation at the Institute for Public Heath, Washington University in St. Louis

Olakunle Alonge, MD, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Jason Purnell, PhD, MPH
Vice President of Community Health Improvement, BJC HealthCare

Chris Krehmeyer
President/CEO, Beyond Housing

Will Ross, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and Alumni Endowed Professor, Division of Nephrology; Associate Dean for Diversity; Principal Officer for Community Partnerships, Washington University School of Medicine


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.Welcome, Land Acknowledgement and Institute for Public Health Update
Larry J. Shapiro Director of the Institute for Public Health, Bill Powderly, MD
9:00 – 9:35 a.m.Public Health Infrastructure Panel
Clay Goddard, Elvin Geng, Olakunle Alonge
Moderated by Bill Powderly
9:35 – 9:45 a.m.University Remarks
Chancellor Andrew Martin
9:45 – 10:00 a.m.Break
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.Presentation on BJC Community Health Improvement Strategic Plan
Jason Purnell
10:30 – 11:05 a.m.BJC Community Health Improvement Steering Committee Panel
Chris Krehmeyer, Will Ross
Moderated by Jason Purnell
11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.Keynote Presentation
Leana Wen
12:05 – 12:20 p.m.Closing Remarks
Bill Powderly

Attending the Conference

This is a hybrid event with opportunities to attend virtually and in person.

Virtual Attendance

This event will be available to attendees virtually via Zoom webinar. Reminders to join the conference will be sent prior to the event.

This event will also be live streamed on our Facebook page. Only those attending in person or via the Zoom webinar will be able to submit questions.

In-person Attendance

This event will take place in the Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC) auditorium on the Washington University School of Medicine campus. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, seating will be limited and by reservation only. Attendees will be expected to follow WashU’s public health requirements and any other guidelines deemed necessary. Reservations for seating will open on Eventbrite on Monday, October 18th.

We ask that you register now to receive further details on attending in-person/virtually and other important information.