Health Policy Forum

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Conversation series

Johns Hopkins Health Policy Forum

The Johns Hopkins Health Policy Forum is a quarterly series featuring conversations with leaders who address the most pressing challenges in the development or implementation of health policy.

Recent event

Atul Gawande

Assistant Administrator for Global Health, USAID

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health was honored to welcome Atul Gawande for a virtual conversation with Dean Ellen MacKenzie on April 29. The discussion covered a range of topics, including the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, global vaccination efforts, strengthening primary care and health systems around the world, preparing for future public health threats, how young people can get involved in public health, the importance of trust in public health information, and how Gawande’s career in global public health informs his work at USAID.

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About the speakers

Dr. Atul Gawande is the Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Global Health at USAID. He is a renowned surgeon, writer, and public health leader. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris Administration, he was a practicing general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

He was founder and chair of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and of Lifebox, a nonprofit making surgery safer globally. He also co-founded CIC Health, a public benefit corporation supporting pandemic response operations nationally, and served as a member of the Biden transition COVID-19 Advisory Board.

From 2018-2020, he was CEO of Haven, the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase healthcare venture.

In addition, Atul was a longtime staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and has written four New York Times best-selling books: Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and Being Mortal.

He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the winner of two National Magazine Awards, Academy Health’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science.

Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD ’79, ScM ’75, is the 11th dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. MacKenzie leads an organization that includes over 800 full-time faculty working in 60 countries and teaching more than 3,600 students from 97 nations. Under Dean MacKenzie’s leadership, the School seeks lifesaving solutions across a broad range of issues from chronic and infectious disease prevention to immunology, nutrition, and child survival.

Elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2018, MacKenzie is an internationally recognized leader in public health, a renowned researcher on improving trauma care systems and policy, and a respected academic leader. An advocate for science, health equity, and human rights, MacKenzie has spoken out forcefully against family separations at the U.S. border, gender-based discrimination, and political interference in scientific research.

After earning graduate degrees from the Bloomberg School, MacKenzie joined the School’s Health Policy and Management faculty in 1980, with a joint appointment in the Department of Biostatistics. A Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, she holds faculty appointments in the School of Medicine’s departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

About the series

The series is jointly hosted by the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, the Carey Business School, and Johns Hopkins Medicine. The forum provides an opportunity for Johns Hopkins faculty, students, and operational experts to engage with policy makers and explore contemporary health policy approaches.

Past events

Health Policy Forum
CMS administrator discusses pandemic 'inflection point'
Published Jan 13, 2022
Chiquita Brooks-LaSure spoke Friday as part of the university's Health Policy Forum series
Health Policy Forum
Merck CEO: COVID-19 pill in the works, but vaccination remains key
Published Oct 5, 2021
Health Policy Forum guest speaker Robert Davis emphasized the need to use every tool at our disposal in the fight against COVID-19
Health Policy Forum
CDC director discusses COVID-19 vaccines, variants, and the U.S. pandemic response
Published May 5, 2021
School of Medicine alum Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, returns to JHU for a conversation with Dean Paul Rothman
Health Policy Forum
Anthony Fauci discusses state of U.S. coronavirus response
Published Oct 16, 2020 Video
Bloomberg School's Ellen MacKenzie spoke with the nation's top infectious diseases expert in the first installment of the university's Health Policy Forum series