The Intersection of
Environmental Justice and Public Health
Dr. Leana Wen, Commissioner of Health in Baltimore City
Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
If the currency of inequality is years of life, then the opposite of poverty is health. Environmental justice is a public health issue. Pollution, lead poisoning, and other environmental factors impact different populations differently. Dr. Leana Wen, in her role as Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore, is reimagining the role of local public health. She will help us see how public health and environmental health are linked, and will challenge those of us who care deeply about the environment to expand our understanding of care for the planet.
A board-certified emergency physician, Dr. Wen was a Rhodes Scholar, Clinical Fellow at Harvard, consultant with the World Health Organization, and professor at George Washington University. She has been published over 100 articles including in The Lancet, JAMA, and Health Affairs. The author of When Doctors Don’t Listen, she is regularly featured on NPR, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. In 2016, Dr. Wen was honored to be the recipient of the American Public Health Association’s highest award for local public health work, the Milton and Ruth Roemer Award.
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