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

Donna Shalala

Former Member of Congress and the 18th U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

Johns Hopkins Medicine welcomed Donna E. Shalala, PhD, Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy at the University of Miami, for a virtual fireside chat on Wednesday, June 29. A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, Shalala served as U.S. representative for Florida’s 27th Congressional District, president of the University of Miami and Hunter College, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, president and CEO of the Clinton Foundation, and as secretary of Health and Human Services, or HHS, for eight years during the Clinton administration. She is the nation’s longest-serving HHS secretary.

Kevin W. Sowers, MSN, RN, FAAN, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, hosted the conversation.

The discussion covered topics such as: new and innovative trends shaping the health care industry; lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic; the polarization and politicization of health care; reflections on Shalala’s career; and advice for students and emerging leaders in health care.

Watch the archived broadcast

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

Donna Shalala reflects on a career of health care leadership
Published July 5, 2022
The former Health and Human Services secretary joined the Johns Hopkins Health Policy Forum for a discussion of her decades of leadership in health care policy
USAID's Atul Gawande discusses the challenges of misinformation
Published May 4, 2022
Gawande encouraged the next generation of public health scholars to take on science skepticism in fifth installment of the university's Health Policy Forum series
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