April 4, 2014

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Faculty and student researchers, public health experts, community members and state partners will join together at the University of Maryland to discuss current and emerging public health issues, such as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, HIV/AIDS, cancer prevention, tobacco control and the role of physical activity in preventing chronic disease.

The second annual Public Health Research@Maryland day on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, will focus on cultivating “Leadership for 21st Century Public Health” and showcase innovative public health research. The event will also mark the 50 years of progress made since the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health in 1964 on reducing diseases and deaths due to tobacco product use.

Public Health Research@Maryland day is part of the MPowering the State initiative, designed to enhance collaboration between the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). This annual event is sponsored by UMD's School of Public Health and UMB's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in the School of Medicine. This year’s event is held in partnership with the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Foundation.

Dr. David Satcher, the first Surgeon General to focus on eliminating health disparities for all racial and ethnic groups, will deliver a keynote address on issues Surgeons General have tackled over the years and the results of their efforts. Dr. Richard Carmona, who issued the landmark Surgeon General’s report about the dangers of second-hand smoke, will address the future of tobacco control.

Panels will be led by public health experts from both the University of Maryland, College Park and Baltimore campuses. The full schedule can be found at /PHRM/program.html.

In addition, keynote lectures by Surgeons General David Satcher and Richard Carmona, as well as several panel sessions, will be streamed live online at http://ter.ps/phrm14live.

About MPowering the State
The University of Maryland: MPowering the State brings together two universities of distinction to form a new collaborative partnership.  Harnessing the resources of each, the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore will focus the collective expertise on critical state-wide issues of public health, biomedical informatics, and bioengineering. This collaboration will drive an even greater impact on the state, its economy, the job market, and the next generation of innovators.  The joint initiatives will have a profound effect on productivity, the economy, and the very fabric of higher education.

Related Links

Leadership for 21st-Century Public Health on UMD Right Now

Public Health Research @ Maryland