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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Upcoming Events :
3/22/2018, 12:00 pm
Impact of Comprehensive Smoking Bans on the Health of Infants and Children
Kerry Anne McGeary
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