LECTURE TITLE: Slum Health: From the Cell to the Street
LOCATION: Environmental Design Library Atrium, Wurster Hall
Slum Health exposes how and why slums can be unhealthy; reveals that not all slums are equal in terms of the hazards and health issues faced by residents; and suggests how slum dwellers, scientists, and social movements can come together to make slum life safer, more just, and healthier. Editors Jason Corburn and Lee Riley argue that valuing both new biologic and “street” science—professional and lay knowledge—is crucial for improving the wellbeing of the millions of urban poor living in slums.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Jason Corburn is an associate professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. He directs the Institute of Urban and Regional Development and the Center for Global Healthy Cities at UC Berkeley. He also coordinates the joint Master of City Planning (MCP) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the links between environmental health and social justice in cities, notions of expertise in science-based policy making, and the role of local knowledge in addressing environmental and public health problems. Professor Corburn’s research and practice works to build partnerships between urban residents, professional scientists and decision-makers in order to collaboratively generate policy and planning solutions that improve the qualities of cities and the well-being of residents, particularly the poor and people of color.
Professor Corburn is currently a leader of the Richmond Health Equity Partnership, a coalition that includes the City of Richmond, California, the Contra Costa County Public Health Department, West County Unified School District and a number of non-profit organizations all working to reduce health inequities in Richmond.
Lee Riley is a professsor of Professor of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases and the Sivision Head of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinologyin at the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley.
Dr. Riley obtained his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, after which he completed his residency in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Soon after, Riley began working in the field of infectious diseases. His distinguished career has seen him work for both the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. He has also worked on international projects in many diverse countries such as Mexico, India, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Brazil and has published extensively (a textbook on Molecular Epidemiology, book chapters and research articles) on Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Escherichia coli, and other infectious agents. Riley is currently the Director of the Fogarty International Center Global Infectious Disease Program and the Chair of the Division of Infections Disease and Vaccinology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of ASM and of the American Academy of Microbiology. He also holds an Adjunct Professor of Medicine position at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and serves as a national judge for the Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) competition and as a member of the Clinical Research/Field Studies Infectious Diseases Study Section at the National Institutes of Health.
The lecture is co-presented by The College of Environmental Design, The Center for Global Public Health, and The UC Berkeley Library.