ICAP Director Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr presented at the Grand Rounds on the Future of Public Health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University on Wednesday, February 13. Her lecture, “Transforming Global Health: Lessons Learned from the HIV Epidemic,” highlighted historic public health achievements in battling the global HIV epidemic over the past decade and the lessons learned that can inform the response to other health threats. Dr. El-Sadr addressed the mobilization of resources and the energized global public health community, which have helped to expand access to life-saving treatment and contribute to a decrease in new HIV infections in some countries. She also reviewed experiences that should bring optimism to confronting other health challenges.
The Grand Rounds on the Future of Public Health lecture series is co-hosted by Dean Linda P. Fried and Dr. Lisa Metsch, chair of the School’s Department of Sociomedical Sciences, at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The series aims to inspire innovative approaches to national and global public health challenges and link science to public health policy and practice.