Monday General Session

Policy-Mediated Violence: A Threat to Health

Monday, Oct. 26, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Policy is defined as a deliberate system of principles to guide decisions and achieve specific outcomes. In its simplest form, policy is a statement of intent. Policy can both mitigate and enhance violence, depending on its original intent or in the way its procedures are implemented. This session will explore the role of policy formation and implementation and discuss ways to ensure it mitigates, not enhances, violence.

David WilliamsDavid Williams

David R. Williams, MPH, PhD, is the Norman Professor of Public Health and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. The author of over 475 scientific papers, his research focuses on social influences on health. Elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, he has been ranked as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. He holds an MPH from Loma Linda University and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan.

Mona Hanna-AttishaMona Hanna-Attisha

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, is founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint, Michigan. A pediatrician, scientist, activist and author, Hanna-Attisha has testified three times before the U.S. Congress, was awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America and named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts. She is founding donor of the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. Hanna-Attisha received her Bachelor’s and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Michigan and her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where she was chief resident. She is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Human Development and a C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health at Michigan State University.

Tony ItonTony Iton

Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH, is Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment, where he oversees a 10-year, billion-dollar initiative to improve the health status of low-income Californians. Iton previously served as the Alameda County Public Health Department director and health officer. He has worked as an HIV disability rights attorney at the Berkeley Community Law Center, a health care policy analyst with Consumers Union West Coast Regional Office and as a physician and advocate for the homeless at the San Francisco Public Health Department. His primary focus includes health of disadvantaged populations and the contributions of race, class, wealth, education, geography, and employment to health status. Iton serves on the board of directors of the Public Health Institute, the Public Health Trust, the Prevention Institute, and Jobs For The Future. He received his medical degree at Johns Hopkins Medical School and subsequently trained in internal medicine and preventive medicine at New York Hospital, Yale and Berkeley. He holds a law degree and a Master’s of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and is a member of the California Bar.

Angela Glover BlackwellAngela Glover Blackwell

Angela Glover Blackwell is Founder in Residence at PolicyLink, the organization she started to advance racial and economic equity for all. Under her leadership, PolicyLink gained national prominence in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, and infrastructure. Prior to PolicyLink, Blackwell served as Senior Vice President at The Rockefeller Foundation. A lawyer by training, she gained national recognition as founder of the Urban Strategies Council. Blackwell was a partner at Public Advocates and is co-author of "Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future," and she authored The Curb Cut Effect, published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2017.

CDC Foundation Fries Awards For Health

Presented at the APHA Annual Meeting by the James E. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation. The prize honors individuals whose achievements have made the greatest contributions to public health. More about the Fries Awards for Health.

2020 Recipient
— Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP
Hanna-Attisha is being honored for exposing the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, motivating national changes in community water management and reducing racial and ethnic disparities in child health.