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Dr. David Williams - 3/25/10

Diagnosing Our Future

Event Videos
Framework - Dr. David Williams
Dialogue I
Dialogue II
Dialogue III with Guest Panelists
Closing Remarks

A Dialogue to
Build a Healthier Community

Dr. David Williams

Dr. David Williams

Thursday, March 25, 2010
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Belmont University Campus

Gordon E. Inman Center

Frist Lecture Hall

This event financially assisted by
the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts,
Fifth Third Bank, Trustee

Also participating:

Tom Cigarran – Co-founder and Chairman of Healthways, Inc. and Chairman of Alignment Nashville, a public education support organization

Dr. Stephanie Bailey – CDC Chief, Office of Public Health Practice

Juan Canedo – Director of Progreso Community Center – Centro Comunitario Progreso

Helen Moore – Director of Non-discrimination Compliance and Health Care Disparities for the Bureau of TennCare, and an Edgehill community member

Jacky Akbari – Chairperson of the Middle Tennessee Diversity Forum

Dr. Eleanor Bright Fleming – Edgehill Dental Collaborations and Policy

Dr. Alisa Haushalter – Director of the Bureau of Population Health Programs for Metro Public Health Department

Yvonne Joosten – Executive Director of the Office of Community Engagement at Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health

Winona Yellowhammer – Spokesperson for the Native American Indian Association of Tennessee

Ann Hatcher – Vice President of Workforce Development Programs at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)

Belmont University faculty, staff and students

8:30 am Registration
8:45 am Welcome
9:00 am Framework for a Healthier Community - David Williams
9:30 am Dialogue I
11:00 am Dialogue II
12:15 pm Lunch break
1:30 pm Dialogue III with guest panelists
3:15 pm Closing Remarks - David Williams

Topics include:

How Our Neighborhood Affects Our Health
A Community Perspective on Disparities Research
Partnering Together for a Healthier Community
Beyond Health Care: Building a Healthier Community

Co-sponsored by Belmont University's Center for Community Health & Health Equity

Presentation Partners Include:
Nashville Health Disparity Coalition
Meharry Medical College
Metro Public Health Department

Dr. David Williams, MPH
Dr. David R. Williams, is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University. His prior academic appointments were at Yale University and the University of Michigan.

He is an internationally recognized authority on social influences on health and his research has focused on the trends and determinants of socioeconomic and racial disparities in health, the effects of racism on health and the ways in which religious involvement can affect health. He is the author of more than 200 scientific papers and he has served as a member of the editorial board of 11 scientific journals. He was one of the Top 10 Most Cited Researchers in the Social Sciences during the decade 1995 to 2005 and was the Most Cited Black Scholar in the Social Sciences in 2008. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Williams has served on the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics and on seven panels for the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences. He has held elected and appointed positions in professional organizations, such as the American Sociological Association, Academy Health and the American Public Health Association. Between 2007 and 2009, he served as the staff director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America. This national, independent and nonpartisan health commission focused on evidence-based non-medical strategies that can improve the health of all Americans and reduce shortfalls in health. Dr Williams has guided and coordinated the Commission’s research, policy and communications activities.

Dr. Williams has appeared on national television including ABC’s Evening News, CNN, PBS, C-SPAN and the Discovery Channel. His research has been featured or he has been quoted in the national print media including the New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Jet and USA Today. He was also a key scientific advisor to the award-winning PBS film series, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?

Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing
School of Pharmacy School of Nursing
School of Physical Therapy School of Occupational Therapy
Social Work Department