Susan B. Meister Lecture in Child Health Policy

Each year, the CHEAR Center hosts the Susan B. Meister Lecture in Child Health Policy, bringing in speakers from a variety of disciplines to explore important child health topics. New in 2019 is the award for Best Paper in Child Health Policy and will be presented during the festivities. If you or a colleague you know would like to nominate a paper, please use this link to submit by October 7.   

The 13th Annual Susan B. Meister LectureRobert Gordon

Making Government Work to Reduce Child Hunger

Keynote Speaker

Robert Gordon, JD
Director, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Introductory Remarks 

Clinical Perspecitve
Kelly Orringer, M.D.
Director, General Pediatrics

Research Perspective
Natasha Pilkauskas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Public Policy

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
4:00-5:30 p.m.
The Kahn Auditorium
Biomedical Science Research Building
(Corner of Zina Pitcher and Ann Streets)
Poster session and reception to follow the lecture, 5:30-6:30 p.m.


Previous Speakers:


The Effects of the Opioid Crisis on Children and Families
Linda Smith
Director, Early Childhood Development Initiative
Bipartisan Policy Center

View lecture video


Refugee & Migrant Child Health: Updates & Opportunities
Curi Kim, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Division of Refugee Health
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Concussion & Youth Soccer: Balancing the Risks of Recreational Sports for Children
Brianna Scurry
Legendary U.S. Goalkeeper, Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist

Steve W. Berman, J.D.
Managing Partner, Hagens Berman


The Power of the Public Eye: Disneyland, Measles, and Public Policy
Karen Smith, M.D., M.P.H.
Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Health Officer


Moment of Opportunity: Reducing Health Disparities and Advancing Health Equity
J. Nadine Gracia, M.D, M.S.C.E.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


The Power of Play
Duncan J. Billing, LLB
Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Hasbro, Inc.


Our Military's Children: Insights from Over a Decade of War
Dr. Jo Ann Rooney
Former Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness


The Challenges of Child Health in the Developing World
Tachi Yamada, M.D.
President, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Program


Science, the Media and Responsibility for Child Health
Brian Deer
Investigative Reporter, The Sunday Times of London

Catherine DeAngelis, M.D., M.P.H.
Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of the American Medical Association


Bridging the Worlds of Business and Public Health
John O. Agwunobi, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H.
Senior Vice President, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
President, Professional Services Division, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services


Corporate Responsibility in Children's Health
Stephen W. Sanger, M.B.A.
Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, General Mills