Virtual Leadership Forum

An ongoing series of engaging and interactive discussions providing alumni with lifelong learning opportunities, connections and the ability to engage with faculty and fellow alumni in the kind of exchange that students enjoy regularly in HMP. 

February 21, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 PM (ET)

The Epidemic of Gun Violence: A Public Health Problem


Jenifer Martin Julia Wolfson
Jen Martin
Director of Government Relations
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Julia Wolfson
Assistant Professor
Health Management and Policy
University of Michigan School of Public Health

The Epidemic of Gun Violence - A Public Health Problem (slides)
Tools in Effective Advocacy (slides)

The U.S. continues to face the public health threat of persistent gun violence and rates of gun deaths that are far greater than much of the rest of the world.

Participate in this interactive webinar to learn how to understand the issue. We will begin with an overview of the current research to understand the scope of the problem before examining how conversations are framed by various interest groups. While there are no easy solutions, we will then also discuss some of the actions that concerned individuals might explore.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review the research associated with gun violence prevention
  2. Understand the scope and framing of the public health problem
  3. Discuss the role of advocacy in addressing the issue

January 24, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 PM (ET)

Precision Medicine: Its Promises and Pitfalls
A national and SPH update followed by a conversation on its bounds.


Melissa Creary

Melissa Creary
Assistant Professor
Health Management and Policy
University of Michigan School of Public Health


The President's 2016 budget includes investments in an emerging field of medicine that takes into account individual differences in people's genes, microbiomes, environments, and lifestyles. It's called the Precision Medicine Initiative. According to the Precision Medicine Initiative, precision medicine is "an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person."

Participate in this interactive webinar to learn more about the current status of the University of Michigan's newest campus-wide research initiative. We'll discuss the current state of science, who the players are, policy and practice implications, as well as some ethical considerations.

Learning Objectives

  1. To understand general principles of the national and university priorities of precision health
  2. Review the burgeoning campus-wide multidisciplinary research initiative goals and future directions
  3. Discuss the ethical considerations of the initiative and its potential bounds

March 8, 2017

Repeal, repair, or replace:  what is next for the ACA? An overview of policy implications for health care leaders

Peter D. Jacobson, J.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Health Law and Policy
University of Michigan School of Public Health

Marianne Udow-Phillips, M.H.S.A.
Executive Director
Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation
University of Michigan

Understand the challenges and implications of changing the ACA and Medicaid expansion
Review future policy scenarios and the impact on various stakeholders
Learn about practical actions that health care leaders can consider

December 7, 2016

The Opioid Epidemic: An overview of current policy and practice implications for healthcare leaders

Rebecca L. Haffajee, J.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy
University of Michigan School of Public Health

Steve Merz, M.H.S.A.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Maine Behavioral Healthcare

Understand the origins and magnitude of the opioid epidemic in the US
Review policy and regulatory perspectives relating to opioid use
Hear about practical actions healthcare systems can take to address in their communities

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