Join theUMD Alumni Association and the School of Public Health for a discussion on the opportunities that the pandemic, the groundswell against racial injustice and the election year provide to rethink and reshape how we live and how we support the most vulnerable among us. What role does public health play in moving forward? School of Public Health experts will discuss their ideas for policies and programs that could transform health and advance equity in the coming months and years.
Boris Lushniak, Dean and Professor , University of Maryland School of Public Health
As dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health since 2017, Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH, has overseen the development of several new academic programs, launched a global health initiative to build and expand education, research and service activities aimed at improving health across the globe, and has prioritized public health action for civic engagement around issues such as preventing gun violence. Dr. Lushniak served as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps for 27 years, culminating in roles as U.S. Deputy Surgeon General (2010-15) and Acting Surgeon General (2013-14).
Jennifer Roberts, Assistant Professor , Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health
Dr. Roberts’ research aims to understand how our built environments (man-made spaces in our neighborhoods and communities, such as buildings, parks, and transportation systems), can impact our health and well-being and how these factors may be associated with physical (e.g. obesity and chronic disease) and mental (e.g. depression) public health outcomes among adults, adolescents and children. She advocates for bold community-led solutions that recognize, break, and transform the social, economic and environmental conditions and dismantle the institutional and structural inequities fueled by racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination that impact the health and well-being of every individual across the lifespan.
Dylan Roby, Associate Professor , Department of Health Policy and Management
Dr. Roby’s research focus is on Medicaid, community health centers, safety net hospitals, delivery system change, and the Affordable Care Act's implications for insurance markets, system redesign and access to care. His work seeks to inform healthy policies that will increase access to care for marginalized communities.
Natalie Slopen, Assistant Professor , Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health
Dr. Slopen’s research focuses on social influences on health, health disparities, and psychological and biological mechanisms through which childhood experiences are embedded to increase risk for later chronic diseases. She advocates for the development of cross-sectoral strategies to create healthier communities where parents and children have an opportunity to reach their full potential.
For questions, contact Christine Kunkel, ckunkel2 [at] umd [dot] edu