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Science and Policy to Support Healthy People 2030
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
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Tuesday, April 13 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Science and Policy to Support Healthy People 2030: 
The Imperative to Rebuild and Reimagine Our Public Health Infrastructure

David Michaels, PhD, MPH
Epidemiologist and Professor
George Washington University School of Public Health

Author ofThe Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception
Member of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how our public health infrastructure, which has contributed to longer and healthier lives for millions of people, is badly fraying. This was true even before the Trump Administration’s rollbacks of public health and environmental standards and enforcement. A weak regulatory regime permitted the widespread usage of e-cigarettes by millions of teenagers and crashes of two crashes of a new model jet. Workplace and environmental exposure standards are weak or non-existent for many chemicals. In addition to COVID-19, we face numerous public health crises including climate change and increasingly severe weather events, a devastating epidemic of opioid overdoses and the possibility of a new infectious disease pandemic. Racial inequity and injustice exacerbate widespread health disparities. Because of the pandemic, repairing our public health infrastructure has become a national priority. Now is the time to examine the lessons of the past in order to boldly re-imagine our system and rebuild it in a way that will best protect the public’s health and environment.

The keynote will be followed by a discussion moderated by:
Donald Milton, MD, DrPH, Professor, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, University of Maryland School of Public Health



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