Health, Equity, and Justice in Baltimore

 

SPRING 2018

Co-Directors: Rushabh Doshi, AJ Tsang, Sachin Govind, and Pavan Patel

“I was very glad to hear about this theme and in particular that we use the word health and not healthcare because so often we understand health to be what happens when you are in a hospital. But actually that’s not what determines how long someone lives or how well someone lives…If I had a slide showing the map of Baltimore with the life expectancy or infant mortality or cancer deaths or cardiovascular deaths, you will see that no matter what legend we use, that same map is going to be there—meaning that there are neighborhoods for example where the life expectancy is 65 years versus 85 years. Those same neighborhoods are going to correspond with the greatest infant mortality, the greatest cardiovascular health, and really everything else…. I mention this because we have incredible medical institutions in our city. We’ve got Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, and so many others—and health cannot just be about healthcare or else we would have the best health outcomes of anywhere in the world because we have these institutions.” – Dr. Leana Wen, Former Baltimore City Health Commissioner

MARCH 2, 2018 | Our panelists, four former and current Baltimore Commissioners of Health (Drs. Leana Wen, Peter Beilenson, Joshua Sharfstein, and Michelle Gourdine), spoke about various public health issues in Baltimore and throughout the United States. Topics they covered include the opioid epidemic, the evolution and current state of health insurance in the US, pharmaceuticals and public health, and racial issues in public health.

 
 

APRIL 3, 2018 | Dr. Paul Rothman, Dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, spoke to OMS about the role of business and economics in the medical field, as well as what Hopkins Medicine is doing to improve the healthcare of the greater Baltimore area.

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APRIL 17, 2018 | Dr. Arturo Casadevall, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, discussed gender inequities in research teams, professional conferences, and academic leadership. He offered proven solutions to reduce such disparities.