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Public Health Research @ Maryland 2017

Over 400 people learned, listened and connected at the fifth annual Public Health Research@Maryland on April 6, 2017. Here are highlights, which included national, state, and local leaders, along with students and the community coming together around the theme "Action for Health Equity."


  1. The day started with welcome remarks by UMD College Park President Wallace Loh; UM Baltimore President Jay Perman; UM Vice President for Medical Affairs E. Albert Reece; UM School of Medicine Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Director Jay Magaziner; and UMD School of Public Health Dean Boris Lushniak, who led the crowd in a morning stretch and high-five.
  2. Students, faculty and staff submitted entries for our first PHR@M photo contest, and throughout the day conference attendees voted for their student favorites.
  3. The Opening Session: Achieving Health Equity

  4. Baltimore City Health Department Commissioner Leana Wen talked passionately about taking on the difficult projects in public health.
  5. Watch a brief video by communications graduate assistant and journalism master's student Gabriela Martinez with highlights from Dr. Wen's talk:
  6. Leana Wen's speech at Public Health @ Maryland 2017
  7. Drs. Maura Dwyer and Ernest Carter followed Dr. Wen with details about Health Enterprise Zones, at the state level and the county level, with Dr. Carter discussing Prince George's County's Health Enterprise Zone, in Capitol Heights.
  8. Dr. Ferrell Aklin capped off the discussion with an overview of the mission of the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities, and announced a summer research opportunity.
  9. Audience members kept the conversation going.