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Michigan Hosts Symposium on Population Health and Tobacco Control

The University of Michigan School of Public Health’s all-school symposium on October 10, 2016, will celebrate the School’s 75th anniversary and pay tribute to one of its own.  The symposium will be devoted to discussing challenges and opportunities in population health, with a strong emphasis on tobacco control in particular. Contributions made by the University of Michigan SPH will be highlighted, with special recognition to honor professor and former dean Ken Warner for his remarkable impact on tobacco control policy.  Warner is the Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan.

University of Michigan SPH graduate Dr. Julio Frenk who is president of the University of Miami and former dean of Harvard School of Public Health will present the keynote address.  Sharing the morning lineup will be a keynote address by Dr. Warner, followed by a distinguished panel of experts to discuss aspects of tobacco control, including e-cigarettes, policy, youth, advocacy, and inequalities.  The panel will be moderated by Cliff Douglas, SPH adjunct professor of public health. The public is invited to the entire morning session.

“Even though we’ve made substantial progress in thwarting the tobacco epidemic, it remains the leading cause of preventable death in this country and around the world,” said David Mendez, associate professor of health management and policy and co-chair of the symposium event. “This immersion program will highlight our progress to date, and shine a light on the challenges that remain ahead of us.

The biennial symposium is a unique aspect of the SPH curriculum. The day is designed for exploration and dialogue, thinking broadly and intensely as a community about a public health issue.

Read more about the symposium: https://sph.umich.edu/symposium/2016/index.html

Read more about SPH’s 75th anniversary: https://sph.umich.edu/75/index.html