MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Office of Public Health Practice and Workforce Development at the West Virginia University School of Public Health is launching Public Health Dialogues, a new speaker series, in the fall.  

Public Health Dialogues will present four events on the first Friday in each month beginning September 5.

The series will offer cutting-edge and compelling public health topics.

All sessions for the fall will take place in WVU Health Sciences Center Room 1905 beginning at 12:15 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). The presentations are free and open to the public.

The fall lineup of speakers is as follows:

September 5 (noon to 2 p.m.)
Black Lung and Chemical Spills:  100 Years of Poor Health in West Virginia

  • Chris Hamby, investigative reporter at BuzzFeed and 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for Investigative Reporting
  • Steven H. Woolf, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and professor of family medicine and population health
  • Ted Boettner, co-founding executive director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy

October 3
The State of Health in West Virginia

  • Letitia E. Tierney, M.D., J.D., commissioner and state health officer of the Bureau for Public Health at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources  

November 7
The Social Determinants of Health:  It’s Time to Consider the Causes of the Causes

  • Paula Braveman, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of family and community medicine and director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health at the University of California, San Francisco    

December 5
A Comprehensive, Community-based Opiod Overdose Program  

  • Fred Brason, executive director of Project Lazarus in North Carolina  

To register for any of the Public Health Dialogues, please e-mail

For more information: Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087
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