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Please join us for the RWJ Colloquium on Social Science and Health Series.

Colloquium speakers and dates are to be announced as they are scheduled.


May 22, Wednesday
S-450, CGIS South
2:00 - 3:30 pm

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Colloquium with Benjamin Cook, Ph.D, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Senior Scientist at the Cambridge Health Alliance's Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research (CMMHR).

"Racial/Ethnic Health Care Disparities: How Far Have We Come Since the IOM’s Unequal Treatment Report?"

Dr. Cook works to advance methods for measuring racial and ethnic disparities, and to apply these methods to understanding the mechanisms underlying mental health and substance abuse treatment disparities, the association between acculturation and mental health, and geographic differences in mental health service use disparities. He received a Ph.D. in Health Policy at Harvard University concentrating in Evaluative Science and Statistics, a MPH from UNC-Chapel Hill in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, and a BA in psychology from Swarthmore College.


April 1st, 2013,
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Knafel K-108
1737 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA

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Jim Hester, Ph.D, Director of the Health Care Reform Commission for the Vermont State Legislature. Former Acting Director of the Population Health Models Group Innovation Center at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service, (CMS).

"Improving Population Health and Lessons from the Innovation Center at CMS"

Jim Hester, Ph.D., stepped down in February as the Acting Director of the Population Health Models Group within the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at CMS.  Before the Population Health Models Group was created, he was Senior Advisor to the Director of the Innovation Center and instrumental in building the Center.  He was particularly involved in the development of the delivery system transformation and payment reform initiatives such as ACOs and medical homes.

In Dr. Hester's 35 years of experience in the health care field he delved into health services research and teaching, and has held faculty appointments at the University of Vermont, University of Cincinnati, Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Hester has held senior management positions with MVP Healthcare in Vermont, ChoiceCare in Cincinnati, Pilgrim Health Care in Boston, and Tufts–New England Medical Center in Boston and was the director of applied research for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Los Angeles. Dr. Hester's Ph.D. is in urban studies, and his master's and bachelor's degrees are in aeronautics and astronautics, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.




Nov. 14th, 2012, Wednesday
K-354, 2:00 - 4:00 pm


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Jeffrey Berry, Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science, Tufts University. Implications of the Election.

Jeffrey Berry's research has focused on policymaking in Washington, interest groups, Massachusetts politics, nonprofits, and urban government. He is the author of many books, including The Rebirth of Urban Democracy, which won the American Political Science Association's Gladys Kammerer Award, and Lobbying and Policy Change and A Voice for Nonprofits, each of which received the Leon Epstein Best Book Award. His book, The New Liberalism, was awarded the Aaron Wildavsky best book award by the Policy Studies Association. Other books include The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups, The Interest Group Society, and The Challenge of Democracy. Berry is the recipient of the Samuel Eldersveld Career Achievement Award and the Tufts Distinguished Scholar Award.

Berry is currently working on two projects. With Sarah Sobieraj (Tufts Sociology) he is writing a book on The Outrage Industry, a study of cable news, talk radio, and the political blogosphere.

With Kent Portney (Tufts Political Science) he has conducted extensive research on sustainable cities. Drawing on surveys of administrators, city councilors, and interest group leaders in 50 American cities, he and Portney are trying to determine what leads cities to pursue sustainability.



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