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The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health

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The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health

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“Bridging science and policy decision-making.”


In the 21st Century, decisions about health issues require intense cooperation and understanding between scientific experts and those in a position to make and implement policy decisions affecting populations worldwide.

The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health hopes to provide decision-makers with a global platform to discuss policy choices and scientific controversies, allowing participants to leverage their collective knowledge.

Introduction to The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health
Through in-person events paired with state-of-the-art interactive webcasting, The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health brings together the best-informed and most influential scientists, policymakers, and practitioners to address worldwide health problems that require immediate decisions and practical solutions.


Robin Herman
Robin Herman
 is Assistant Dean for Research Communications at Harvard School of Public Health. She is Director of The Forum and Deputy Director of the Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development. Before coming to HSPH, Herman was an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post’s Health section and at The New York Times where she wrote its first article on the nascent AIDS epidemic.

Robert J. Blendon
Robert J. Blendon
 is Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at Harvard School of Public Health. He is Senior Associate Dean, directing HSPH’s new Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development. Between 1987 and 1996 he served as Chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Blendon also directs the Harvard Opinion Research Program, which focuses on bettering an understanding of public and voters’ knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about major domestic public policy issues, and was the 2008 recipient of the Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research. He is a co-author of the recently published American Public Opinion and Health Care.

Jennifer Leaning
Jennifer Leaning
 is Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights and Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Leaning currently serves on the boards of the Humane Society of the United States and the Massachusetts Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross, and has served in the past on the boards of Physicians for Human Rights (an organization she helped found), Oxfam America, and Physicians for Social Responsibility. She has also participated in an advisory capacity to the leadership of Amnesty International and MSF Holland. For The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health, she will serve as consultant and participant on global health issues.

Jay Winsten
Jay Winsten is Associate Dean for Health Communication, Frank Stanton Center Director for the Center for Health Communication at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Winsten is best known for his work in social marketing, spearheading high-profile national social campaigns on designated driving, youth violence, and youth mentoring. He also serves as Senior Communications Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Malaria. For the Forum, he will serve as Chair, The Forum Program Planning Committee.


More information about leading experts that have participated in Forum events is also available.



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About Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)

Harvard School of Public Health is dedicated to advancing the public’s health through learning, discovery and communication. More than 400 faculty members are engaged in teaching and training the 1,000-plus student body in a broad spectrum of disciplines crucial to the health and well being of individuals and populations around the world. Programs and projects range from the molecular biology of AIDS vaccines to the epidemiology of cancer; from risk analysis to violence prevention; from maternal and children’s health to quality of care measurement; from health care management to international health and human rights.

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About Harvard University.

Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world.

Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. Harvard faculty are engaged with teaching and research to push the boundaries of human knowledge. For students who are excited to investigate the biggest issues of the 21st century, Harvard offers an unparalleled student experience and a generous financial aid program, with over $160 million awarded to more than 60% of our undergraduate students. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education.

‘Universities nurture the hopes of the world: in solving challenges that cross borders; in unlocking and harnessing new knowledge; in building cultural and political understanding; and in modeling environments that promote dialogue and debate… The ideal and breadth of liberal education that embraces the humanities and arts as well as the social and natural sciences is at the core of Harvard’s philosophy. ’/ Drew Gilpin Faust

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