About The Forum and Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development

In the 21st Century, decisions about health issues require intense cooperation and understanding between scientific experts and those in a position to make and implement policy decisions affecting populations worldwide. The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health hopes to provide decision-makers with a global platform to discuss policy choices and scientific controversies, allowing participants to leverage their collective knowledge.

Contact The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health at theforum@hsph.harvard.edu


100x132-Blendon-2Robert J. Blendon

is Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at Harvard School of Public Health. He is Senior Associate Dean, directing HSPH’s new Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development. Between 1987 and 1996 he served as Chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Blendon also directs the Harvard Opinion Research Program, which focuses on bettering an understanding of public and voters’ knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about major domestic public policy issues, and was the 2008 recipient of the Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research. He is a co-author of the recently published American Public Opinion and Health Care.

2-100x132-mirowitzLisa Mirowitz

is the Executive Producer and Director of the Leadership Studio, where she sets the creative and editorial direction of all current and future programming of this state-of-the-art production and webcasting facility. Prior to joining the Harvard School of Public Health, Lisa was the Senior Producer and Project Director of the NOVA science documentary series, produced for PBS out of WGBH–Boston’s public television station. Lisa was part of the NOVA team for nearly 25 years, beginning as a production assistant and working as an associate producer and producer on numerous programs and specials in the series. As part of the senior editorial staff at NOVA, she managed the development of all new projects, in addition to the production of specials and mini-series. Her award-winning work includes multi-hour productions such as Making Stuff, This Emotional Life, Fabric of the Cosmos, Hunting the Elements and the Emmy-nominated series, Evolution, among others. She also senior-produced Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge, an Emmy award-winning series on international global health filmed in over 25 countries.

jennifer-leaningJennifer Leaning

is the François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at Harvard School of Public Health and Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. Dr. Leaning’s research and policy interests include issues of public health, medical ethics, and early warning in response to war and disaster, human rights and international humanitarian law in crisis settings, and problems of human security in the context of forced migration and conflict. She has field experience in problems of public health assessment and human rights in a range of crisis situations (including Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Kosovo, the Middle East, former Soviet Union, Somalia, the Chad-Darfur border, and the African Great Lakes area) and has written widely on these issues.

jay-winstenJay A. Winsten

is an Associate Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Frank Stanton Director of the School’s Center for Health Communication. The Center’s mission is to mobilize the immense power of mass communication to motivate positive behavior change. Dr. Winsten received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from The Johns Hopkins University and conducted cancer research at Harvard Medical School.  At the Harvard School of Public Health, he served as co-editor, along with Nobel laureate James D. Watson and Howard Hiatt, of a three-volume Origins of Human Cancer; conducted a three-year study examining how news coverage of science and health is shaped by economic, organizational, and professional incentives in journalism; headed the School’s Office of Health Policy Information, a resource for journalists and policy makers; and served as the Harvard School of Public Health’s director of foundation and government relations.


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