Equal Opportunities for Children Focus of Inaugural Global Public Health Lecture

Rutgers University–Camden will host its inaugural global public health lecture, focusing on equal opportunities for children around the world, from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.


Jody Heymann

Jody Heymann, dean of the Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California–Los Angeles and founding director of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center, will discuss “Increasing Equal Opportunity for Children Around the World:  Can We Measure and Hold Countries Accountable for What They’re Doing?”

The lecture, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be held in the 401 Penn classroom, accessible from the side of the Paul Robeson Library.

“Given our recent health crises, such as Ebola, and Rutgers–Camden’s ongoing interest as a campus in childhood studies and health sciences, this is a perfect kickoff lecture for us,” says Janet Golden, a professor of history at Rutgers–Camden.

As founding director of WORLD, Heymann charts the organization’s aim to examine health and social policies and outcomes in all 193 United Nations countries – an unprecedented effort to improve the level and quality of comparative policy data available to policymakers, researchers, and the public.

Heymann formerly held a Canada Research Chair in Global Health and Social Policy at McGill University, where she was founding director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy. She also founded the Project on Global Working Families while on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Heymann has authored and edited more than 250 publications, including 17 books, such as Changing Children’s Chances, Making Equal Rights Real, Lessons in Educational Equality, and Protecting Childhood in the AIDS Pandemic.

She has worked with leaders in North American, European, African, and Latin American governments, as well as a wide range of intergovernmental organizations, including the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization, the World Economic Forum, UNICEF, and UNESCO.

She has received numerous honors, including election to the Institute of Medicine in 2013 and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2012.

For more information on the lecture, contact Marie Chevrier at (856) 225-2973.

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