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Health And… Conference

NYU Langone’s Department of Population Health hosts the Health And… conference series, which is aimed at translating research into action to improve urban population health and advance health equity. At this annual event, we bring together leading investigators, policymakers, practitioners, and community leaders who work at the intersection of health and its many determinants. Throughout the day, we highlight the latest findings, identify frontline innovations, develop pressing questions to investigate, and define promising policies and partnerships.

First launched in 2016, the conference has explored a different theme each year.

Safe and Stable Housing

Our latest conference, Health And… Safe and Stable Housing, took place on Monday, May 16, 2022, from 1:00 to 5:00PM EST. Our keynote speaker was Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Adrianne Todman, who gave a presentation, followed by a conversation with Dr. Matthew Desmond, professor of sociology at Princeton University and director of the Eviction Lab.

Learn more about the speakers for our 2022 conference.

2022 Conference Video

Watch our conference summary video with insights from our presenters and keynote speaker.

VIDEO: Thought leaders and advocates from varied fields discuss the right to have a safe and stable place to live at the 2022 Health And… conference.

Social Connectedness

Our fifth annual Health And… conference occurred virtually across two sessions on October 20 and November 16, 2020. The theme of the conference was Health And… Social Connectedness, which explored the impact of social connection through social movements, community resilience during disasters, and beyond.

Childhood and Opportunity

The Health And… Childhood and Opportunity conference, held on May 13, 2019, examined proven and novel approaches to improving health and wellbeing during childhood that can pave the way for greater opportunity, health, and equity across the life course. Bringing together leading innovators across multiple sectors, the conferenced included presentations and discussions about novel approaches to improve parenting and education inside and outside of established settings; the use of economic interventions to address childhood and family poverty; and taking effective approaches to scale. New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, EdD, provided the keynote address.

Data Science and Public Action

Society is increasingly rich in big data, and the health sector is no different. We have more powerful computational and analytic tools at hand than ever before. But will these capabilities lead to improved population health and health equity? The Health And… Data Science and Public Action conference, held on May 21, 2018, explored how researchers, the health sector, and communities can use data to improve health and wellbeing. We also explored putting data into citizens’ hands to catalyze action. Speakers included Nate Silver, founder and editor-in-chief of the website FiveThirtyEight; Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, former acting assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); and Farzad Mostashari, MD, co-founder and CEO of Aledade.

Racial Equity and Urban Wellbeing

The Health And… Racial Equity and Urban Wellbeing Conference, held on May 22, 2017, focused on how practitioners in the fields of medicine, healthcare, and public health can work together to blunt the impact of racism in health, to advance racial equity, and to help neighborhoods and communities improve people’s health and overall wellbeing. Speakers included Mary Bassett, MD, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Nancy Krieger, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Housing, Education, and Healthcare

The Health And… Housing, Education, and Healthcare conference, held on April 11, 2016, brought together leaders in housing, education, and health to explore the relationship among these three areas. The day also included a debate about the role of precision medicine in health. Speakers included Steven Woolf, MD, MPH, director of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University; Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH, dean of Boston University School of Public Health; and Shreya Kangovi, MD, MSHP, founding executive director of the Penn Center for Community Health Workers at the University of Pennsylvania.