“Policies, Places, and Profits: Manufacturers of Illness and Health”

September 30 – October 2, 2020 | Virtual Conference

Join us at 9am. (MT) for day 3 of our virtual conference!

About the 2020 IAPHS Conference,

“Policies, Places, and Profits: Manufacturers of Illness and Health”

The theme of the 2020 IAPHS conference is “Policies, Places, and Profits: Manufacturers of Illness and Health.” The theme recognizes the influential work of John B. McKinlay, who coined the phrase “manufacturers of illness” to emphasize the key role of upstream factors, particularly political-economic systems, in shaping population health.

IAPHS has made McKinlay’s path-breaking article available for members (click here).

The overall goal of this year’s IAPHS conference is to bring together scholars from multiple disciplines to share current research findings, frameworks, and methods; elevate awareness about how policies, places, and profits shape population health for better or for worse; facilitate new collaborations; and identify ways to improve health through outreach to policymakers, industry and the public. The conference will continue the IAPHS tradition of offering a scientifically engaging and interactive program, welcoming anyone interested in population health.



Policies, Profits, and the Public’s Health
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

David Michaels,


George Washington University

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David Michaels is an epidemiologist and Professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health of George Washington University. Appointed by President Obama to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, he served from 2009 to 2017, the longest serving in the agency’s history. From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Michaels was Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environment, Safety and Health, charged with protecting the workers, community residents and environment in and around the nation’s nuclear weapons facilities. In that position, he was the chief architect of the historic initiative to compensate nuclear weapons workers who were sickened by exposure to radiation, beryllium and other toxic exposures.Much of Dr. Michaels’ work has focused on protecting the integrity of the science underpinning public health, safety and environmental protections. He is the author of Doubt is Their Product: How Industry’s Assault on Science Threatens Your Health and The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception (Oxford University Press, 2020), as well as articles in Science, JAMA, and numerous other journals.

Greg Fairchild,

Associate Dean

University of Virginia

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Gregory Fairchild is the Isidore Horween Research Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and associate dean for Washington, D.C., area initiatives and academic director of public policy and entrepreneurship. Fairchild serves as an academic director for Darden’s Institute for Business in Society (IBiS). He teaches strategic management, entrepreneurship and ethics in Darden’s MBA and Executive Education programs. He has received a number of awards for teaching excellence at the Darden School.His research is likewise renowned, as he was recently the lead investigator studying business models and public policy issues in the field of community development finance, an initiative supported by a three-year $850,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Fairchild was named one of five high impact research professors and the sole scholar focused in entrepreneurship by the Financial Times in 2010. In 2009, he received a faculty Pioneer Award presented by the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education for his leadership and risk taking in integrating ethical, environmental and social issues into the MBA curriculum. In 2011, he was the only academic named as one of “25 Virginians to watch” by Virginia Business Magazine. In 2012, Fairchild was named one of the Top 10 Business School Professors in the World by CNN/Fortune and one of the 50 Best Business School Professors by Poets & Quants. His multidisciplinary work has been cited by Inc. Magazine, The Economist, National Public Radio (NPR), USA Today, New York Times, and The Washington Post, among others.Fairchild worked in marketing positions for such industry leaders as Kraft General Foods, Procter & Gamble and Saks Fifth Avenue before embarking on his doctoral studies. Fairchild served on the investment advisory of the Virginia Retirement Service (VRS), the Commonwealth’s public pension fund from 2009 to 2012. Governor McAuliffe appointed Fairchild to the board of Virginia Community Capital, the Commonwealth’s largest community-development bank, where he served from 2015 to 2017. University of Virginia President Terry Sullivan appointed Fairchild to the board of University Physician’s Group, the University Medical Center’s practice plan, where he served from 2012 to 2017. In 2017, Fairchild became a trustee of Union Square Capital Core Real Estate Fund, a mutual fund, and was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Commonwealth’s economic development authority.In addition to his teaching and research, he is a consultant to corporations, nonprofits and governmental agencies.Fairchild and his wife, Tierney Temple Fairchild (MBA ’94) are the founders of Resilience Education, an organization committed to providing high quality Socratic education to those that might not otherwise afford it (www.Resilience-Education.org). This is the conduit through which the Darden Prison Program is administered, among other initiatives.

Reaching for Hope in Working-Class America
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Sheryl WuDunn,

Business Executive

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

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Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive and best-selling author. She co-founded FullSky Partners, a consulting firm focusing on double-bottom line ventures in new media, technology and healthcare services. She is also a venture partner at Piedmont Partners Group Ventures, which invests in growth companies in the U.S.Previously, Ms. WuDunn has been vice president in the investment management division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and a commercial loan officer at Bankers Trust. She is also one of a small handful of people who have worked at The New York Times both as an executive and journalist: in management roles in both the strategic planning and circulation sales departments at The Times; as editor for international markets, energy and industry; as The Times’s first anchor of an evening news headlines program for a digital cable TV channel, the Discovery-Times; and as a foreign correspondent for The Times in Tokyo and Beijing, where she wrote about economic, financial, political and social issues. In 2011, Ms. WuDunn was also a Senior Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs where she taught about challenges facing China. She has been a Hauser Visiting Leader at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2017 and 2018.With her husband, Nicholas D. Kristof, Ms. WuDunn is co-author of their new book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope (2020), which chronicles the different struggles facing working-class America. This story is told, in part, by following the lives of some of the children whom Kristof grew up with, and why one quarter died prematurely in adulthood while others had journeys of resurgence involving recovery and commitment to helping those less fortunate. In addition, they co-wrote A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, a New York Times best-selling book about altruism and how to bring about change in our society using evidence-based strategies. Published in late 2014 by Knopf, A Path Appears was turned into a three-part PBS documentary airing in January and February 2015 and was featured on numerous network television shows. They also co-authored Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a No. 1 New York Times best-selling book about the challenges facing women around the globe, published in 2009 by Knopf and featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Colbert Report, among other shows. Ms. WuDunn also helped launch the development of the Half the Sky multi-platform digital effort that included a highly popular documentary series that aired on PBS in October 2012, mobile games and an online social media game on Facebook that hit No. 9 in its second week on the platform.Ms. WuDunn has co-authored two other best-selling books about Asia: Thunder from the East and China Wakes. She won a Pulitzer Prize with her husband for covering China, along with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement. She has also won other journalism prizes, including the George Polk Award and Overseas Press Club awards. Ms. WuDunn has also won a White House Project EPIC award, and she has been a judge for the State Department “Secretary’s Innovation Award for Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment.” She has won other awards, including the Asia Women in Business Corporate Leadership Award, the Pearl S. Buck Woman of the Year Award, and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Prize, among numerous other awards.In 2011, Newsweek cited Ms. WuDunn as one of the “150 Women Who Shake the World.” In 2012, she was selected as one of 60 notable members of the League of Extraordinary Women by Fast Company magazine. In 2013, she was included as one of the “leading women who make America” in the PBS documentary, The Makers. She was also featured in a 2013 Harvard Business School film about prominent women who graduated from HBS. In August 2015, Business Insider named her one of the 31 most successful graduates of the Harvard Business School.Ms. WuDunn earned an M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, where she is a former member of its Advisory Council. She was a member of Princeton University’s Board of Trustees. She earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She graduated from Cornell University, where she is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees and served on Cornell’s various Board committees, including the Finance Committee, the endowment’s Investment Committee and as co-chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.Ms. WuDunn received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and Middlebury College. She lectures on economic, political and social topics related to women in the developing world, the global economy, China and the emerging markets and has been asked to address a wide range of audiences including former Vice President Al Gore, the IMF and World Bank. Ms. WuDunn has discussed China and economic issues on television and radio programs, such as Meet the Press, Fox Business News, and The Colbert Report, and on NPR and Bloomberg TV. She has discussed philanthropic issues on programs such as NBC’s Dateline

Corporations and Population Health

Friday, October 2, 2020

Susan Greenhalgh,


Harvard University

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Susan Greenhalgh is the John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Research Professor of Chinese Society in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University.

Her interests lie in the social and political study of science, medicine, and public health, with a focus on China in the post-Mao era. She has pioneered the study of the intimate connections between science and the state/policy/governance in the PRC.

Since 2013, Greenhalgh has been uncovering the hidden dynamics by which Western food and beverage corporations have been intervening in China’s science and policy to protect profits. Her work shows how Coca-Cola succeeded in quietly distorting China’s policy on obesity to align with Coke’s message that, when it comes to obesity, what matters is how much you exercise – not what you eat or drink. Two capstone articles on this research were published in early 2019. Other articles examine the construction of an energy-balance science of obesity in the U.S., and the methods needed to unearth corporate secrets. A book is underway.

Fat-talk Nation: The Human Costs of America’s War on Fat (Cornell, 2015) uncovers the hidden social effects of what began as an urgently needed public health campaign to combat obesity, but then mushroomed into a society-wide “war on fat.” Drawing on the narratives of young Californians, the book shows how our attempts to slow the obesity epidemic are inadvertently damaging the bodily and emotional health of young people, and disrupting families and intimate relationships. The book’s core concepts (biocitizen, biopedagogy, bioabuse) offer powerful tools for understanding how obesity has come to remake who we are as a nation, and how we might rethink our approach going forward.

For some 25 years, Greenhalgh sought to unearth the making, workings, and effects of China’s notorious one-child policy. This research resulted in three books, the award-winning Just One Child: Science and Policy in Deng’s China (California, 2008), Governing China’s Population: From Leninist to Neoliberal Biopolitics (with E. A. Winckler, Stanford, 2005), and Cultivating Global Citizens: Population in the Rise of China (Harvard, 2010).

She is also author of Under the Medical Gaze: Facts and Fictions of Chronic Pain (California, 2001), as well as editor of Can Science and Technology Save China? (with Li Zhang, Cornell, 2020) and Situating Fertility: Anthropology and Demographic Inquiry (Cambridge, 1995).

Greenhalgh’s work has been recognized by a Guggenheim Fellowship, Harvard’s Walter Channing Cabot Fellowship, the Clifford C. Clogg Award for Early Career Achievement of the Population Association of America (PAA), and the Olivia Schieffelin Nordberg Award for Excellence in Writing and Editing in the Population Sciences. Just One Child was awarded the Joseph Levenson Prize of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and the Rachel Carson Prize of the Society for the Social Study of Science (4S). Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the American Association of University Women, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and multiple research centers at Harvard, Columbia, and the University of California, Irvine.

Before joining the Harvard faculty in 2011, Greenhalgh was Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, and before that Senior Research Associate at the Population Council in New York City.

Nicholas Freudenberg,


City University of New York

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Nicholas Freudenberg is Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy and Director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute (www.cunyurbanfoodpolicy.org). His research examines the impact of food and social policies on urban food environments and health inequalities. The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute applies interdisciplinary methods to study the role of the food sector in workforce and community development, evaluate urban food programs and policies, and identify innovative intersectoral approaches to reducing food insecurity and diet-related diseases in urban settings. Freudenberg is also founder and director of Healthy CUNY, a university-wide initiative to improve the health of CUNY’s 274,000 students in order to support their academic success. His most recent book Lethal but Legal Corporations, Consumption and Protecting Public Health (Oxford, 2014 and 2016) examines how the business and political practices of the food, alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceutical, automobile and firearms industries contribute to the global rise of non-communicable diseases and injuries. Freudenberg was founder and first director of the CUNY School of Public Health’s Doctor of Public Health program. For the past 35 years, he has worked to plan, implement and evaluate health policies and programs to improve living conditions and reduce health inequalities in low income communities in New York City and elsewhere.




2020 J. Michael McGinnis Leadership Excellence Award Winner


2020 IAPHS Community Research Partnership Award


2020 IAPHS Mentoring Award Winner


2020 Milbank Quarterly Early Career Award


2020 IAPHS Postdoctoral Award


2020 IAPHS Student Award







9:00 – 10:15 am (MT)

Panel Session 1

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. (MT)

Abstract Concurrent Session 1

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (MT)

Networking Event

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. (MT)

Presidential Welcome

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. (MT)

Plenary Session 1

3:00 – 4:15 p.m. (MT)

Abstract Concurrent Session 2

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. (MT)

Virtual Poster Session 1

and lots more…




The virtual lobby is the hub of the event and will allow you to easily navigate the venue and access the conferences features and sessions.


In the auditorium, choose between live plenary sessions and on-demand sessions led by experts in the field. Many on- demand sessions have a live Q&A chat room component, so we recommend viewing the on-demand content in advance of the live discussion.


Browse hundreds of posters with the opportunity to leave comments for authors.


Browse exhibitor booths that match your interest, and connect/engage directly with the exhibitors.


Live chat with other attendees, speakers and presenters. Share your conference experience on social media with the conference hashtag.


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