The first of our True Science Talks was recorded on April 21, 2017 at Drexel University by Dr. Jerald Fagliano. Please watch the talk using the link below, and submit comments here. Discussion will be open until May 6, 2017.
Title: Understanding the burden and causes of death and disease: Science and public health action
Abstract: Public health—what society does collectively to ensure the conditions in which people can be healthy, according to the Institute of Medicine—relies on the methods of science to monitor population status, understand causes, and evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken to prevent injury, disease, disability and death. Science not only provides a basis for knowledge, but also creates obligations to act. So how do we measure who gets sick and with what, and how do we attribute blame to various potential causes? How do we use this information to set priorities for action? How can we know whether we have accomplished what we set out to do? I’ll discuss these questions using examples of wide-ranging and major public health challenges like motor vehicle injury, heart disease, cancer, air pollution, lead poisoning, tobacco use, and climate change.
Biographical Sketch: Dr. Jerry Fagliano is an Associate Clinical Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Prior to taking his position at Drexel in 2015, Dr. Fagliano was the senior environmental epidemiologist at the New Jersey Department of Health for 30 years. As a public health practitioner, he led programs and teams of scientists tracking environmental and occupational diseases and injuries, assessing public health impacts of hundreds of hazardous waste sites, and conducting epidemiologic studies related to air and drinking water contaminants. He earned a Master of Public Health degree in environmental health from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in occupational and environmental epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins University.