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Public Programs

Getting to the Point: The Next Frontier of Public Health in Massachusetts

Free with Advance Registration​

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Getting to the Point: Public Health

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

State and local leaders will discuss public health issues facing communities across Massachusetts, including gun safety, substance abuse, mental health, and the social determinants of health. The panel will highlight how the Commonwealth addresses each of these issues and will reflect on opportunities for the state to continue to lead and expand on support for strong public health policy.

Moderated by Gideon Gil, Managing Editor of STAT, this conversation will feature:

  • Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Michael F. Collins, MD, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Phillomin Laptiste, MHA, Executive Director, Bowdoin Street Health Center
  • Linda Thompson, MPH, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Dean, University of Massachusetts Boston, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
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The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.


Registration opens no earlier than 5:30 PM. Registration and doors close 15 minutes after the start of the program. Some seats have obstructed views. If needed, an overflow room will provide guests with a live stream of the program.


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