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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. The next conference, Health And… Social Connectedness, will take place on May 4, 2020, in New York City.

Social Connectedness

Social connection between individuals—coming together and sharing a sense of purpose and belonging—is a core human need. When present, it improves physical and mental health, and is associated with increased longevity. When social connection is low or absent, risk for poor health, reduced wellbeing, and premature death increases.

The Health And… Social Connectedness conference, scheduled for May 4, 2020, will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to examine this vitally important but under-appreciated challenge, from the science of how social connections influence health and well-being to emerging interventions to foster connectedness, build stronger communities, and reduce health and social inequities.

To stay up to date with details about the roster of speakers, sign up for our newsletter for departmental and conference updates. The conference is in New York City at NYU Langone, Farkas Auditorium, 550 First Avenue.

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.

2019 Conference Videos

Watch the conference summary video with interviews and insights from presenters and keynote speakers.

VIDEO: Leaders and innovators from a variety of fields discuss improving health and wellbeing during childhood at the 2019 Health And... conference, hosted by the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health.

Watch the Health And… Childhood and Opportunity conference keynote address.

VIDEO: New York City Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza, keynote speaker at the 2019 Health And...Childhood and Opportunity conference, discusses citywide initiatives aimed at maximizing children's ability to learn and thrive.

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.

2018 Conference Videos

Watch the conference summary video with interviews and insights from presenters and keynote speakers.

VIDEO: At our third annual conference, multiple interdisciplinary stakeholders discussed innovative means of using data to advance population health.

Watch an extended interview with Dr. DeSalvo.

VIDEO: Dr. Karen DeSalvo and Dr. Marc Gourevitch discuss how data and new technologies are helping communities across the United States.

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.

2017 Conference Video

Watch interviews with Dr. Bassett, Dr. Frieden, and more of the day’s speakers.

VIDEO: Dr. Mary Bassett, Dr. Thomas Frieden, and Department of Population Health faculty discuss how healthcare and public health sectors can work to advance racial justice, equity, and urban wellbeing.

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.

2016 Conference Video

Watch the conference summary video featuring insights from Dr. Woolf, Dr. Gourevitch, and several other speakers of the day.

VIDEO: Leading investigators, policymakers, practitioners, and community leaders discuss ways to improve the health of populations at our first annual conference.