More than 70 Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) faculty, staff, students, and alumni presented their research and programs during the 147th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo, held in Philadelphia November 2-6. The presentations spanned a variety of public health issues, including gun violence, transgender health, maternity care, intimate partner violence, noise pollution, and more.
The five-day gathering officially commenced with a rousing keynote speech by Sandro Galea, BUSPH dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, at the Opening General Session on Nov. 3. Dr. Galea delivered a 20-minute speech in which he challenged each audience member to translate their research and knowledge into action to tackle critical, wide-spread health barriers such as racism and a lack of access to safe neighborhoods and affordable education, housing, nutritious food, and health care.
“We are indeed living in a healthier world than ever before,” Dr. Galea said, citing less overall poverty and hunger, a greater pursuit of education, and higher life expectancies. “But that is not the full story.”
Although people are living longer today—there are 800,000 fewer deaths in the US now than there were in the 1960s—when compared to other countries that perform well on health, such as Japan, the US has an excess of another 800,000 deaths, Dr. Galea said. “We are better than we once were, but we are nowhere near as good as we can be.”
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