Johns Hopkins to host discussion on the future of public health

Forum is part of Bloomberg School's centennial year celebration

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will bring together four writers this week to look into the future of public health and explore big issues, including pandemics, mental health, and social justice.

The forum, titled "What's Next? The Future of Public Health,", will be held Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bloomberg School's Sommer Hall. The event is sold out, but a live stream broadcast will be available online.

The event features authors Yamiche Alcindor, a national political reporter for The New York Times who also produces videos on human trafficking, gun violence, and poverty; Sonia Shah, author of the recently released Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond and The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years; and Laura Sullivan, an award-winning NPR News investigative correspondent known for her work profiling some of America's most disadvantaged groups.

Veteran health care reporter Julie Rovner, a senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News and author of the book Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z, will moderate the conversation.

Michael Klag, dean of the School of Public Health, says the forum is part of the school's effort to "take a hard look at urgent and complex issues that demand bold thinking and innovative solutions—now and in the future."

The forum's organizers specifically chose to feature writers from outside the world of academic research who nevertheless have a "powerful influence on how people perceive important public health challenges," Klag says.

The event part of the Bloomberg School's celebration of its centennial year.

"We're very proud of our contributions to public health over the last 100 years," Klag says. "Just as we have led over the last century, we intend to do so in the next."