NPHW Forum: "NPHW @ 25: The Future of Public Health is Now"

Join APHA and public health leaders from across the country in this conversation about public health’s strides in the last 25 years, the challenges of eliminating health disparities and the imperative to create a more just world. The National Public Health Week Forum is the national kickoff for NPHW.


Some of the Forum's featured speakers and panelists:

Lili FarhangLili Farhang, MPH
Lili is one of two co-directors leading Human Impact Partners, an organization that seeks to bring the power of public health to campaigns and movements for a just society. For nearly 20 years, she has visioned, developed and implemented policy and systems change to advance health equity in the government and nonprofit sectors, and she’s now responsible for advancing the mission and strategic direction of the organization. These days, Lili is feeling energized by people’s willingness to talk about race, power and the other root drivers of health. Originally from New York, Lili now lives in Oakland and is kept on her toes by her two little kids and an unhealthy obsession with good TV and the Golden State Warriors.

David GrossoDavid Grosso, JD
David is chairperson of the Committee on Education of the Council of the District of Columbia. David was first elected to the D.C. Council as an at-large member in November 2012 to represent residents in all eight wards. During his first term in office, David focused on many issues with one main goal always at the forefront of his mind: making D.C. a better city. Central to that goal is education. A high quality public education system and an innovative public library system help residents gain fruitful employment, attract newcomers and make the city appealing to businesses. He also serves on the Council's Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, Committee on Health and Committee on Human Services. He is a native Washingtonian. He earned a philosophy degree from Earlham College and a law degree from Georgetown University.

Devin ReavesDevin Reaves, MSW
Devin is a person living in recovery since 2007. He is a community organizer and grassroots advocacy leader. Devin has worked on the expansion of access to the lifesaving medication Naloxone, implementation of 911 Good Samaritan policies and the development of youth-oriented systems. He wants to build constituencies of consequence that will lead to meaningful public health policy changes around substance use disorders. Devin is the executive director and co-founder of the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition. He received a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice with a focus on community and organizational change and has a BA in Human Services from Lynn University. Devin also serves on the Pennsylvania Overdose Task Force and the Advisory Committee for the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Find the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Dior VargasDior Vargas, MS, MPH
Dior is a Latina feminist mental health activist. She is the creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project, a response to the invisibility of people of color in the media's representation of mental illness. She is also the editor of The Color of My Mind, a photo essay book based on the photo project. Dior tours the country delivering keynotes, hosting workshops and speaking on panels. Her work and insight have been covered in media outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, Newsweek and NBC News Latino. Dior is the recipient of numerous awards, including The White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations under the Obama administration, 2015 Alternatives Conference Cookie Gant and Bill Compton LGBTQI Leadership Award and a Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame Inductee. Dior has a Bachelor of Arts in the Study of Women and Gender from Smith College, a Master of Science in Publishing from Pace University and a Master of Public Health from New York University. She is a native New Yorker and currently lives in New York City.

Lisa CarlsonLisa M. Carlson, MPH, MCHES
Lisa is president of the American Public Health Association and executive administrator of Research Programs and Operations at the Emory University School of Medicine, directing research initiatives across the School’s core missions, and working at the intersection of health sciences, research administration and practice. She has served 18 years at Emory in the School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health. Her Emory experience includes launching the operations of Emory’s largest-ever sponsored award (CHAMPS) and facilitating Emory Transplant Center teams that grew academic program funding by >350% in 6 years. She is on the adjunct faculty at RSPH, where she teaches in the Executive Master of Public Health Program. Lisa is past chair of APHA’s Executive Board, and a past president and honorary lifetime member of the Georgia Public Health Association.


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