Exciting cross-school work! The President of the SPH Student Senate is jointly organizing a series of talks with the President of the Public Affairs Student Association: the Presidents’ Lecture Series. The second in the series will be on Tuesday, March 9th at 12 p.m. CST. We will host a conversation with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed and Dr. Rebecca Wurtz. In this conversation, we will explore the politics of public health at the local, state, and national levels, health equity, and Dr. El-Sayed’s new book “Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide. There will be time for questions following the conversation. We cannot wait to see you there!
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is a physician, epidemiologist, educator, author, speaker, and podcast host. His newsletter, The Incision, cuts to the heart of the trends shaping our moment. He is a commentator at CNN. His three books include Healing Politics, calling for a politics of empathy to cure our epidemic of insecurity, and Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide with Dr. Micah Johnson. He is the host of “America Dissected,” a podcast by Crooked Media, which goes beyond the headlines to explore what really matters for our health. He is a Senior Fellow at the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and a Scholar-in-Residence at Wayne State University and American University, teaching at the intersection of public health, public policy, and politics. He is formerly the Health Director for the City of Detroit and candidate for Governor of Michigan in 2018.
Dr. Rebecca Wurtz is an infectious disease physician and public health informaticist. After working for 15 years as a clinician, she served as TB control director for the City of Chicago, the deputy medical director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the president of the Chicago Board of Health, and worked as the chief medical officer for several infectious disease and immunization IT startups. Since 2014, she has directed the Public Health Administration & Policy MPH program at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.