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Resolve to Save Lives: Can Policies in the U.S. and Other Countries Make us Safer?

8:45-9:20 a.m.
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education


Dr. Leah Devlin

Dr. Leah M. Devlin

Session Host and Moderator: Leah M. Devlin, DDS, MPH, Professor of the Practice, Department of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


8:45-9:10 a.m. (Remote, via teleconference)
“Resolve to Save Lives: Can Policies in the U.S. and Other Countries Make us Safer?”
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH
, President and Chief Executive Officer, Resolve to Save Lives; Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2009-2017

Dr. Tom Frieden

Dr. Tom Frieden

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, is one of the world’s leading public health experts. Dr. Frieden leads the organization Resolve to Save Lives, a $225-million, five-year initiative housed at Vital Strategies, a nonprofit global health organization working toward the vision that all people are protected by a strong public health system. At the CDC, Dr. Frieden led the work that helped end the Ebola epidemic. Over the course of his career, he controlled the largest outbreak of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis ever to occur in the United States and helped establish the largest tuberculosis control program in the world in India. During his time as New York City Health Commissioner from 2002-2009, life expectancy in New York City increased by three years, which was a faster increase than the United States as a whole experienced.

Selected publications:

  1. Frieden, Thomas R et al. (2017) Saving an additional 100 million lives The Lancet, Volume 391 , Issue 10121 , 709 – 712.
  2. Frieden, Thomas R. (2017) Evidence for Health Decision Making — Beyond Randomized, Controlled Trials. N Engl J Med 2017; 377:465-475 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra1614394
  3. Frieden, Thomas R. (2015) The Future of Public Health N Engl J Med 2015;373:1748-54. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsa1511248

9:10-9:20 a.m.
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