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"Lessons from the Great Public Health Successes of the Last Third of the 20th Century"

Format Seminar/Presentation
Presenters Lawrence W. Green, Dr.P.H., D.Sc.(Hon)-Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Description Lecture Overview:

Much hand-wringing and even despair among health professionals in developed countries has accompanied the rising tide of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Medical doctors have felt the same frustration trying to get their patients to lose weight that they felt in previous decades trying to get them to quit smoking. Public health professionals feel they are up against food and high-fructose drink industries as formidable as the tobacco industry had been. The obesity and diabetes epidemics have many of the marks of previous epidemics since the rising curve of chronic diseases crossed the declining curve of communicable diseases in the middle of the 20th century. This examination of the successes in tobacco control, injury control, HIV/AIDS control, family planning and birth control, blood pressure control and the control of other risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and cancer will draw lessons from these great public health successes of the last half and particularly the last third of that century for the challenges we now face in all countries in the world in the 21st century.
About the presenter(s) Biography: Lawrence W. Green

Before joining the University of California, San Francisco in 2004, Professor Green was Director of the Office of Science and Extramural Research and Director of the World Health Organization Global Tobacco Control Collaborating Center for the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Green has been on the full-time public health and/or medical faculties at Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Texas, and the University of British Columbia. He was the first Director of the federal Office of Health Promotion under the Carter Administration, and a Vice President of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. He has published several books and over 300 articles on program planning, evidence and evaluation issues in health services and public health. He served on the founding U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and now on the Task Force on Community Preventive Services; as an Associate Editor of the Annual Reviews of Public Health, and on the Editorial Boards of 13 other journals. His awards include the highest distinctions of the American Public Health Association, the American Academy of Health Behavior, the American Association for the Advancement of Health Education, the Society for Public Health Education, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health Alumnus of the Year, and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo. Dr. Green was elected in 2009 to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and currently chairs the IOM committee on Evaluating the Nation's Progress in Obesity Prevention.
Location VIC Metro, Australia
Venue The Alfred Centre
99 Commercial Road, Prahran

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 23 Oct 2012
Time 4pm to 5.30pm
Cost -
Organiser Monash University:School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Contact Name Sally Kerr
Telephone +61 3 990 30250
Email Sally.Kerr@monash.edu