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Public Health Works and the Future of Public Health

Originally broadcast March 15, 2007

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD
New York Academy of Medicine

As public health officials, how can we best address the needs of a growing population in an ever changing environment? Public health leaders are already involved in a wide array of health promotion, prevention and disease management programs from AIDS to zoonoses, anti- smoking and immunization campaigns , safe food and water inspections, plus bioterrorism preparedness. But now, as we learn more about the social determinants of health: education, income, housing and transportation - we need to examine an even broader framework for public health action in our communities, large and small. In this program we'll discuss these new challenges for public health professionals.

Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, a pediatrician, is President of the New York Academy of Medicine. She has a wide ranging history of involvement in promoting the public's health through her leadership of the New York City Health and Hospitals Coproration; her role as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the Clinton Administration and her
international health experience as member of the WHO Executive Board and work on global health systems and worforce.

After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • List the broad determinants of health and their relative contribution to morbidity and mortality
  • Describe a new framework for public health action at a facility, community and societal level
  • Describe why there needs for political will to assure support for sustained public health success