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 T.H. Chan School of Public Health — a live webcasting series — 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 T.H. Chan School of Public Health at theforum@hsph.harvard.edu


100x132-Blendon-2Robert J. Blendon

is the Richard L. Menschel Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Policy Translation and Leadership Development at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He holds appointments as a Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at both the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In addition, he directs the Harvard Opinion Research Program, which focuses on better understanding of public knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about major social policy issues in the U.S. and other nations. He currently co-directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health project on understanding Americans’ Health Agenda, including a joint series with National Public Radio. Previously, he co-directed a special polling series with the Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

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 T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Ms. Mirowitz was the Senior Producer and Project Director of the NOVA science documentary series, produced for PBS out of WGBH–Boston’s public television station. Ms. Mirowitz 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.

jay-winstenJay A. Winsten

is an Associate Dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan 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 T.H. Chan 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 policymakers; and served as the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s director of foundation and government relations.


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