Film screening and discussion featuring Jessie Burke, PhD, associate dean for education and associate professor, behavioral and community health sciences, and Ruth Modzelewski, PhD, mission coordinator at Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh and Pitt Public Health alum.
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a PBS documentary based on this year's One Book, One Community book. This film tells the story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions.
Episode 3, Finding the Achilles Heel, picks up the story at a moment of buoyant optimism in the cancer world: Scientists believe they have cracked the essential mystery of the malignant cell and the first targeted therapies have been developed, with the promise of many more to follow. Read more...
Speaker: Marnie Schilken (Chief Impact Office, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank)
Episode 2, The Blind Men and the Elephant, picks up the story in the wake of the declaration of a “war on cancer” by Richard Nixon in 1971. Flush with optimism and awash with federal dollars, the cancer field plunges forward in search of a cure... Read more...
Episode 1, Magic Bullets, explores the search for a "cure" for cancer - the greatest epic in the history of science - spanning centuries and continents and is full of its share of heroes, villains, and sudden vertiginous twists. Read more...
Rachel Levine, physician general and acting secretary of health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will speak on health topics in the LGBTQ community, about her background as a transgender physician, and her efforts to combat the state's ongoing opioid epidemic. As physician general, Levine has made significant strides in combating the opioid epidemic and advocating on behalf of the LGBTQ population.
Co-sponsored by the Coalition for Pre-Health Professions and the Rainbow Alliance.
Why has it proven so difficult to achieve national, universal access to medical care in the U.S.? Come hear from a Pittsburgh family about their experience with the Affordable Care Act’s insurance expansion. Plus, historical and current data illustrating the challenges and accomplishments of recent health policy, and explanation of legislative changes to the ACA proposed in Congress.
Brave New Films has released this feature-length film looking at a major public health crisis in America today: gun violence. Through personal accounts of victims and their families, the film highlights important issues (domestic violence, unintentional shootings, firearms trafficking, suicide, and mass shootings) to tell the story of how guns - and the billions made from them - impact the lives of everyday Americans.
Discussants: Steve Albert and Richard Garland
Part of the Office of Student Affairs' Food for Thought Series, designed to bring the Pitt Public Health community together for thoughtful discussion of today's issues - over food! Events are open to the entire Pitt Public Health community, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
Contact Caitlin McCullough in the Office of Student Affairs
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