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. 

Thursday, March 30, 2023

15th Annual Susan B. Meister Lecture in Child Health Policy:The Impact of School Closures on Child Health and Development: a Call for Interdisciplinary Action

Donna Mazyck, MS, RN, NCSN, CAE, FNASN
Executive Director, National Association of School Nurses

Previous Speakers:


Effects of the Pandemic on Trauma and Abuse within Families and Communities: Experts on Child Health and Aging Come Together to Clarify Thinking for the Future
Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN
President, The John A. Hartford Foundation

Debra Chopp, JD
Associate Dean for Experiential Education Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Pediatric Advocacy Clinic

Todd I. Herrenkohl, PhD, MSW
Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor of Children and Families
School of Social Work

Preeti N. Malani, MD, MSJ
Chief Health Officer
Professor of Medicine, Infectious Disease, Michigan Medicine

Best Paper Award in Child Health Policy Award Winners



Making Government Work to Reduce Child Hunger
Robert Gordon, JD
Director, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services


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

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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