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1/25/2018
SEMINAR CANCELLED Impact of Comprehensive Smoking Bans on the Health of Infants and Children
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Kerry Anne McGeary
Senior Program Officer
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Kerry Anne McGeary, PhD is a Senior Program Officer in the Research-Evaluation-Learning unit at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. McGeary came to the RWJF after a distinguished academic career as a health economist at Ball State University, Drexel University and the University of Miami. She leads major research projects to build a Culture of Health generating evidence and information to guide legislators and other policymakers, public agencies, educators, advocates, community groups and individuals. She has written and presented extensively on health care economics, substance abuse, behavioral risk factors and Medicare. Her award winning paper, “Will Competitive Bidding Decrease Medicare Prices?” was used by Congress in Medicare deliberations examining the use of competitive bidding to set reimbursement prices for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies.
2/1/2018
Global Mental Health
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Javier Escobar
Associate Dean for Global Health and Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Thursday, February 01, 2018, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Dr. Javier Escobar is Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine and Associate Dean for Global Health at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has conducted research in clinical psychopharmacology, psychiatric epidemiology, psychiatric diagnosis and cross-cultural medicine and psychiatry. He is among a consortium of investigators recently awarded a $5.5 million NIMH grant to study the relationship between genetics and behavioral disorders in the Paisa population, a genetic isolate, native to a region in northwestern Colombia that has high rates of suicide. Dr. Escobar grew up in this region and serves as a key link between U.S. and Colombian researchers. Throughout his career, Dr. Escobar has had many national and international assignments and received many honors. He has been senior advisor to the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), member of NIMH’s National Advisory Mental Health Council, advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO), and member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee on Psychiatric Drugs.
2/8/2018
Comparing Immigrant Integration in the United States and Western Europe
Brown Bag Seminar Series



Nancy Foner
Distinguished Professor of Sociology
Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center

Thursday, February 08, 2018, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Nancy Foner, PhD is distinguished professor of sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Foner has written extensively on immigration issues with current work focusing on comparing immigrant minorities in the United States and Europe, the immigrant experience in various American gateway cities and immigration today with earlier periods in the United States. The author or editor of eighteen books, the most recent are Strangers No More: Immigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe co-authored with Richard Alba and Fear, Anxiety, and National Identity: Immigration and Belonging in North America and Western Europe edited with Patrick Simon. Among her many honors, she received the 2010 Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association and the inaugural Senior Scholar Award from the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology in 2016. In 2011 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
2/15/2018
The Maryland Waiver: Nobel Experiment with Total Cap on Spending, Improving Quality and Sustaining Biomedical Innovation
Brown Bag Seminar Series

John Colmers
Senior Vice President, Health Care Transformation & Strategic Planning
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
John M. Colmers, MPH is Vice President, Health Care Transformation and Strategic Planning for Johns Hopkins Medicine where he supports the executive leadership in strategically positioning the expanding Hopkins system to respond to health care reform and other near-term and long-term market forces for a more value-demanding health marketplace. Mr. Colmers was chair of the Health Services Cost Review Commission that oversees Maryland’s “noble experiment” with an ambitious federal waiver for an all-payer global budgeting system begun in January, 2014, that caps payments and rewards hospitals and physicians who deliver better health and quality outcomes for patients at lower costs. Previously he served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. From 2000 to 2007, he was a Senior Program Officer at the Milbank Memorial Fund. He is a past chair of the steering committee of the Reforming States Group, a bipartisan group of executive and legislative leaders.
2/22/2018
Record Linkage: Methods, Patient Perception, and Applications in Database Research
Brown Bag Seminar Series



Soko Setoguchi
Associate Professor of Medicine
IHHCPAR and Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Treatment Science (PETS), Rutgers University

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Soko Setoguchi, MD, DrPH, a pharmacoepidemiologist and physician, is associate professor of medicine at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and adjunct associate professor of epidemiology at Rutgers School of Public Health. Her work in the Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Treatment Science (PETS) at the Institute for Health includes studies of comparative safety and effectiveness of medications and devices in patients with chronic diseases, especially those with cardiovascular disease. Her research interests also include methodological issues: (1) conducting data linkage and evaluating linkage methods for pharmacoepidemiology and comparative effectiveness research (CER); (2) evaluating validity of databases, design-based and analytic methods for valid pharmacoepidemiologic studies and CER; and (3) assessing, understanding and controlling for healthy user bias in medication users and healthy candidate bias in device recipients.
3/1/2018
Health Reform 2.0: Why We Need Single Payer Reform Now More than Ever
Brown Bag Seminar Series



David Himmelstein
Distinguished Professor
CUNY School of Urban Public Health Hunter College

Thursday, March 01, 2018, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
David U. Himmelstein M.D. is a distinguished professor of public health at CUNY's Hunter College and lecturer in medicine at Harvard Medical School where he was previously professor of medicine. He serves as staff physician at Montefiore Medical Center and was chief of social and community medicine at the public hospital in Cambridge, MA prior to his move to CUNY. Widely recognized as an influential advocate for health care and policy, Dr. Himmelstein has authored or co-authored widely cited proposals for single payer health care reform and studies of medical bankruptcy co-authored with Elizabeth Warren, the high administrative costs of the U.S. health care system and the mortal consequences of uninsurance. His 1984 study of patient dumping or denial of services for economic reasons led to enactment of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, the law that ensures access to emergency services regardless of ability to pay. He is co-founder with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler of Physicians for a National Health Program, the non-profit research and education organization that supports single-payer national health insurance.
3/22/2018
Impact of Comprehensive Smoking Bans on the Health of Infants and Children
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Kerry Anne McGeary
Senior Program Officer
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Kerry Anne McGeary, PhD is a Senior Program Officer in the Research-Evaluation-Learning unit at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. McGeary came to the RWJF after a distinguished academic career as a health economist at Ball State University, Drexel University and the University of Miami. She leads major research projects to build a Culture of Health generating evidence and information to guide legislators and other policymakers, public agencies, educators, advocates, community groups and individuals. She has written and presented extensively on health care economics, substance abuse, behavioral risk factors and Medicare. Her award winning paper, “Will Competitive Bidding Decrease Medicare Prices?” was used by Congress in Medicare deliberations examining the use of competitive bidding to set reimbursement prices for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies.
4/5/2018
We Need to Tell This Story’: Collective Memory, Food Access, and Health in Massachusetts Cities
Brown Bag Seminar Series



Sara Shostak
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology Brandeis University

Thursday, April 05, 2018, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Sara Shostak, PhD is associate professor in the department of sociology at Brandeis University where her research and teaching interests include the sociology of health and illness, science and technology studies and environmental sociology. Across these domains, she focuses on how to understand and address inequalities in health. Professor Shostak is the author of "Exposed Science: Genes, the Environment, and the Politics of Population Health" that was awarded the Robert K. Merton Book Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology and the Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award from the Medical Sociology Section. Her current research focuses on urban agriculture and public health. In addition to working on an ethnography of the emergence of urban agriculture in New England, she is collaborating with several community based organizations on projects that examine issues of food, health and community in Massachusetts cities.
4/12/2018
Policy Approaches to Improving Access to Treatment for Opioid Addiction: Strategies and Potential Pitfalls
Brown Bag Seminar Series



Bradley Stein
RAND Corporation

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Bradley Stein, MD, PhD, MPH is a senior physician policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. A health services and policy researcher with clinical experience working with children and adults, Dr. Stein's research focuses on understanding and improving care for those with mental health and substance use disorders. He has worked extensively in school mental health, developing, evaluating, implementing, and disseminating a school-based intervention for students exposed to trauma and violence, and implementing a school-based suicide intervention program. Recent work focuses on how state and federal policies influence availability and quality of medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorders, and factors influencing the potentially inappropriate prescribing of opioid analgesics.
4/19/2018
Public Health and Clinical Aspects of Methamphetamine Addiction in Gay and Bisexual Men
Brown Bag Seminar Series



Perry Halkitis
Professor and Dean
School of Public Health Rutgers University

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Perry N Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH is Dean of the School of Public Health at Rutgers University and Professor of Biostatistics and Social and Behavioral Health Sciences with appointments in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, the RWJ School of Medicine, the School of Public Affairs and Administration and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Dr. Halkitis’ talk will examine patterns of methamphetamine use among diverse samples of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM); drivers of methamphetamine use; associations of methamphetamine with sexual risk taking that may lead to transmission of bacterial and viral pathogens including HIV; and approaches for addressing methamphetamine (and other drug) use in practice and prevention for MSM. The Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS), the research center he founded and directs, serves as a training site for the next generation of scholars and partners with community agencies to conduct studies for and with the LGBTQ population. Throughout his career, Dr. Halkitis has been on the forefront fighting for the rights of those infected with and affected by HIV and an outspoken advocate for the health of the LGBTQ population.
4/26/2018
The Role of Education in the Transformation of Health Care
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Sherine Gabriel
Dean, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Sherine E. Gabriel, MD, MSc was appointed Dean of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in August, 2015, following her notable leadership in medical education and research as dean of the Mayo Medical School at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Gabriel is recognized for her epidemiologic studies examining the risks of connective tissue diseases among women with breast implants, population-based studies characterizing the epidemiology of major rheumatic diseases and studies defining the economic impact of rheumatoid arthritis. More recently, her research focused on the risks and determinants of heart disease among persons with rheumatoid arthritis. She has served on several governmental committees and advisory boards including the FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management Committee and the methodology committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 serving as the committee’s first chair.
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1/25/2018, 12:00 pm
SEMINAR CANCELLED Impact of Comprehensive Smoking Bans on the Health of Infants and Children
Kerry Anne McGeary
 
 
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