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Robert S. Gordon, Jr. Lecture in Epidemiology

2018 Awardee

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Ana V. Diez Roux, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health


Lecture Title

 Advancing Population Health: Five Propositions and a Research Agenda

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May 23, 2018

About this Lecture

Population health has emerged as a framework for research and action to improve health and reduce health inequities. In her lecture Dr. Diez Roux discussed what a population health approach means, posited five facts about population health and their implications for scientific understanding and policy, and highlighted key components of a population health research agenda.

About Dr. Diez Roux

Ana V. Diez Roux, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., is Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health. Originally trained as a pediatrician in Buenos Aires, she completed public health training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Before Drexel, she served on the faculties of Columbia University and the University of Michigan, where she was Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health.

Dr. Diez Roux is internationally known for her research on the social determinants of health and the study of how neighborhoods affect health. Her work on neighborhood health effects has been highly influential in the policy debate on population health and its determinants. Her research areas also include environmental and psychosocial health effects, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, and the use of multilevel methods and complex systems approaches in population health. She has led large NIH- and foundation-funded research and training programs in the United States and in collaboration with partners in Latin America. She currently directs the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative and is Principal Investigator of the Wellcome Trust–funded SALURBAL (Salud Urbana en America Latina/Urban Health in Latin America) project.

Dr. Diez Roux has served on numerous editorial boards, review panels, and committees including most recently the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency (as Chair). She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2009. She has been an active mentor for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty.

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