Join us Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel for the SPARK! Leadership Conference, where you’ll hear from inspiring experts, including:
Dr. Ezra Barzilay: Technical Lead, National Public Health Institute Program, Centers for Disease Control; Program Director, ASF Lambaréné Chapter; Captain, Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service
Dr. Barzilay, a Fellow for Life who served in Boston and Lambaréné and who directs our Lambaréné chapter, will lead the breakout session “Lambaréné Schweitzer Hospital Service: An Experience of a Lifetime.” In his current post at the CDC, Barzilay’s job is to figure out ways to help countries recovering from natural or other disasters to put public health programs in place that will improve health and fight the spread of disease. Previously he was the lead epidemiologist for the CDC’s Health Systems Reconstruction Office, working closely with a team in Haiti to implement a disease surveillance system.
Dr. Timothy Johnson: ABC News Senior Medical Contributor; expert communicator of healthcare information, educator, and vice-chair of ASF Board of Directors
Dr. Johnson will lead the breakout session “The Affordable Care Act: What Could Be Next After The Election.” He is the Emmy-winning senior medical contributor for ABC News. Previously, Dr. Johnson served 25 years as ABC’s chief medical editor, providing medical analysis and commentary for “World News,” “Nightline,” and “20/20” until his retirement in 2010. He is the author of“The Truth About Getting Sick in America,” a look at health care reform; and holds a faculty position at Harvard Medical School. In 2013, ASF honored Dr. Johnson with the Clarion Award for Health Promotion and Education.
Leslie Hsu Oh: Founder of the Hepatitis B Initiative, writer, author, photographer
Oh, a Fellow for Life, will lead the breakout session “Scaling Up: Schweitzer Project Goes National.” Spurred by the deaths of her mother and brother from Hepatitis B, Oh founded the Hepatitis B Initiative as a 1997-’98 Boston Fellow. The initiative offered free hepatitis B screenings and vaccinations in local Asian communities and created a model for students to facilitate hepatitis prevention campaigns in their own communities. Oh and her husband later expanded the program to the Metro D.C. area and it is used as a model for similar programs around the country. The award-winning writer and photographer was this year named a White House Champion of Change for AAPI Art & Storytelling.
We’re thrilled to have such distinguished and inspiring leaders join us for this year’s SPARK! Leadership Conference. We’d be thrilled to have you join us too, so please register now.