Interactive Agenda


The 2018 Preliminary Agenda is now available!

Additional conference details will be made available in the coming months. Continue to check back for updates.

Joint Symposium of the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement and the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science


    1. Identify key trends and patterns in U.S. population health and provocative challenges to our current thinking, including socio-economic and racial/ethnic disparities

    2. Explore how population health science can inform policy to improve outcomes and how policies can have unintended consequences if not grounded in research and evaluation

    3. Showcase perspectives on how we build common ground for development and implementation of effective policy based on science.

    Speaker: Sanne Magnan, HealthPartners Institute
    Speaker: Bruce Link, University of California, Riverside

Invited Plenary Sessions

  • This session brings together leading national experts on the integration of social and biological approaches to the study of population health. The purpose of the session is to generate updated insights and present key questions regarding contemporary scientific research that uses biosocial approaches to better understand population health in the United States.

    Allison Aiello, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Robert Hummer, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Moderator: Bridget Goosby, University of Texas, Austin
    Speaker: Kathleen Mullan Harris, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Speaker: Thomas McDade, Northwestern University

  • Adult health and life expectancy differ markedly across U.S. states. Since the 1980s, these differences have greatly expanded. During the same period, structural trends such as deregulation, federal devolution, and state preemption laws altered the political economies of states and consolidated much decision- making authority at the state level. Are these trends related? If so, what are the driving forces? How can population health scientists intervene? The panel will discuss these provocative questions.

    Organizer: Jennifer Karas Montez, Syracuse University

    Moderator: Mark Hayward, University of Texas, Austin
    Speaker: Nancy MacLean, Duke University
    Discussant: Jason Beckfield, Harvard University
    Discussant, Steven Woolf, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Advances in technology and data science research have ushered in a new era promising precision healthcare and improved population health. New models for doing science are being promulgated that emphasize machine learning, participant engagement and responsible data sharing, with researchers, health care providers, and communities working together. This panel brings together leading experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges of harnessing big data to advance health.

    Allison Aiello, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hil
    Lorna Thorpe, New York University Medical Center

    Moderator: Lorna Thorpe, New York University Medical Center
    Speaker: Joshua Denny, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Discussant: Anthony Iton, University of California, Berkeley
    Discussant: Alfredo Morabia, Columbia University
    Discussant: Ebony Boulware, Duke University

Concurrent Sessions

Six Concurrent Session blocks will be held October 3-5 with 5-6 sessions in each block. A full listing of sessions is now available, click here!