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Drexel University School of Public Health

Reimagining Health in Cities: New Directions in Urban Health Research

Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11, 2015

A symposium hosted by the Drexel University School of Public Health

The symposium will bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers focused on health in cities to energize work on urban places and health, generate novel ideas for research, and stimulate debate on policy implications. Participants will reflect critically on the links between urban environments and health, identify new opportunities for research (including novel data and methodological approaches), and consider implications for community action and policy.

We invite the submission of posters on research topics related to urban health broadly. Thematic areas include but are not limited to the following: 1) novel uses of data and methods in urban heath, 2) systems approaches to urban health; 3) urban health disparities; 4) interdisciplinary approaches to urban health; and 5) translational research, intersectoral actions, and policies. The poster session will be held during a reception on the evening of September 10, 2015. Presenters must commit to being present during the poster viewing session.  Abstracts must be submitted online by 5pm EST on Friday, June 19, 2015. Click here to complete your poster abstract submission. Abstracts may be submitted without registration fee payment. However, registration will be required for conference attendance.

A current list of speakers and session topics can be viewed by visiting the symposium website for the most updated schedule and more information on hotels and transportation in Philadelphia.

Seating is limited, and advance registration is required. We encourage you to register as soon as possible to guarantee your space!

Confirmed speakers which  include past and present Health & Society Scholars representatives are in bold:

  • Sonia Angell, MD, MPH, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Prevention and Primary Care, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Amy Auchincloss, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Drexel School of Public Health
  • Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, President of The New York Academy of Medicine
  • James Buehler, MD, Health Commissioner, City of Philadelphia
  • Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health & Prevention, Drexel School of Public Health
  • Magdalena Cerda, DrPH, MPH, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Keith Davis, Healthy Communities Coordinator, Philadelphia City Planning Commission
  • Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology, Drexel School of Public Health
  • Mark Dredze, PhD, Assistant Research Professor , Department of Computer Science, Human Language Technology Center of Excellence, Johns Hopkins University
  • Reid Ewing, PhD, Professor of City and Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah
  • Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, Med, Chief Strategy Officer, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Howard Frumkin, DrPH, MPH, MD, Dean, School of Public Health, Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington
  • Franz Gatzweiler, PhD, Executive Director, ICSU-UNU-IAMP Programme on Urban Health and Wellbeing: A Systems Analysis Approach Institute of Urban Environment (IUE), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • Billie Giles-Corti, PhD, Professor, School of Population Health, Director of the Centre for the Built Environment and Health, University of Western Australia
  • Ghassan Hamra, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Drexel School of Public Health
  • Sam Harper, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University
  • Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhD, Research Assistant Professor Health Management and Policy, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Amy Hillier, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania
  • Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH, Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities, The California Endowment
  • Mitchell Katz, MD, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
  • Stephen Lankenau, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention, Drexel School of Public Health
  • Douglas Luke, PhD, Professor and Director, Center for Public Health Systems Science, Washington University in St. Louis, George Warren Brown School of Social Work
  • Giridhar Mallya, MD, MSHP, Director of Policy and Planning, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Sabrina McCormick, PhD, MA, Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • Yvonne Michael, ScD, SM, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Drexel School of Public Health
  • Daniel O’Brien, PhD, Research Director, Boston Area Research Initiative, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
  • Martin Sepulveda, MD, MPH, IBM Fellow and Vice President, Integrated Health Services, IBM Corporation
  • Jose Siri, PhD, MPH, Research Fellow, United Nations University, ICSU Program of Health in a Changing Urban Environment
  • Harris Steinberg, FAIA, Executive Director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Architecture at Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University