32nd Annual Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture on Health Policy (A Virtual Event)




Dr. Sandro Galea delivered the 32nd Annual Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture on Health Policy, titled "Health Have, Health Have Nots in a Time of Covid-19," virtually on Thursday, September 10, 2020.

Sandro Galea, a physician, epidemiologist, and author, is Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature, and is a regular contributor to a range of public media, about the social causes of health, mental health, and the consequences of trauma. He has been listed as one of the most widely cited scholars in the social sciences. He is chair of the board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science. He is also an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Galea has received several lifetime achievement awards. Galea holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto, graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow.

Dr. Galea is an expert in multiple areas related to population health, including health impacts of trauma, gun violence, environmental/climate issues, and the upstream drivers of population health. His recent book, Well: What we Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health, he shows that despite the U.S.’s astronomical spending on health care, we have little to show for it when it comes to actual returns on health. Doctors and medicine matter when we are sick, but they do not keep us from getting sick in the first place. Instead, our social, economic and environmental contexts are the main drivers of population health. His lecture will highlight how our emphasis on health care, instead of health as a shared resource, is taking us down the wrong road and discuss policy strategies that can improve our collective health and well-being.

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About the Lourie Lecture 

The Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture is jointly sponsored by Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Central New York Community Foundation, Inc., and is administered by the Center for Policy Research and The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion.

Herbert Lourie, MD, was a distinguished member of the national and international medical communities in the field of neurosurgery, as well as a physician who understood medicine as a high calling that demands the utmost of skill, intellect, compassion and character. With his untimely death in 1987, our community lost a beloved healer, teacher, and leader. A generous outpouring of money by his many friends, patients, colleagues, and family funds this lecture series on health care policy and the allocation of health care resources.

View Video of 2020 Lecture

View Video of 2019 Lecture / View Policy Brief of 2019 Lecture

View Video of 2018 Lecture / View Policy Brief of 2018 Lecture


View Past Lourie Lectures


If you would like more information, please contact:

Laura Walsh
Center for Policy Research
426 Eggers Hall, Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York 13244-1020
Telephone (315) 443-9929 | FAX (315) 443-1081
lcwalsh@maxwell.syr.edu