Women’s Health: A Call to Action
Light Lunch Reception:12:30pm
Enhancing women’s physical and mental health improves the health of children, families, and entire nations. Decades of advocacy and advances in medicine and public health have improved the well-being of women in many countries in Asia and around the globe, but much still needs to be done. Each year about 300,000 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, almost all of them in developing countries. Heart disease and other noncommunicable diseases increasingly threaten women’s health. Sexual trafficking, gender-based violence, and unequal legal protections also affect the health of women disproportionately. How do we help women live longer, happier, and healthier lives? Join Michelle A. Williams, Dean of the Faculty of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to explore an ambitious women’s health agenda leveraging new “precision prevention” techniques, scientific approaches, and a commitment to working across national, cultural and disciplinary boundaries.
Michelle A. Williams is Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is an internationally renowned epidemiologist and public health scientist, an award-winning educator, and a widely recognized academic leader. Prior to becoming Dean, she was Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School and Program Leader of the Population Health and Health Disparities Research Programs at Harvard’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Center. Dean Williams previously had a distinguished career at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Her scientific work places special emphasis in the areas of reproductive, perinatal, pediatric, and molecular epidemiology. Dean Williams has published over 450 scientific articles and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2016. She has a master’s in civil engineering from Tufts University and master’s and doctoral degrees in epidemiology from the Harvard Chan School and Harvard University.