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Helene Gayle to Present Opening Plenary at 2017 ASPPH Annual Meeting

Dr. Helene Gayle, chief executive officer, McKinsey Social Initiative will present at the 2017 ASPPH Annual Meeting during the opening plenary session titled, Addressing the Challenges of Health Equity: What is the Role of Public Health?, on Thursday, March 16 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

As the inaugural CEO of the McKinsey Social Initiative, a nonprofit organization that implements programs that bring together varied stakeholders to address complex global social challenges, Dr. Gayle is setting direction and building the organization. McKinsey Social Initiative’s first program, Generation, addresses the problem of youth unemployment, with programs in five countries — India, Kenya, Mexico, Spain, and the United States — and a goal of connecting one million young people with skills and jobs in five years.

Previously, Dr. Gayle was president and CEO of CARE USA. An expert on global development, humanitarian, and health issues, she also spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), focused primarily on combating HIV/AIDS. She was appointed as the first director of the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention, and achieved the rank of Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Gayle also served as the AIDS coordinator and chief of the HIV/AIDS division for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Dr. Gayle then directed the HIV, TB and Reproductive Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues.

The program for the ASPPH Annual Meeting focuses on issues of critical importance to our schools and programs. Leaders, faculty, staff, and students from all ASPPH-member schools and programs are encouraged to attend the 2017 ASPPH Annual Meeting Wednesday, March 15 – Friday, March 17, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.. The registration deadline is March 3 and the hotel reservation deadline is February 24.

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