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The Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Symposium

Through the generosity of the Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Foundation, the National Academy of Medicine hosts an annual discussion series to bring greater attention to critical health policy issues facing our country today.


2019 Symposium: Behaviour Change to Improve Health for all听

On 17 January 2019, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the U.K. Academy of Medical Sciences co-hosted the 2019 Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Symposium, titled 鈥楤ehaviour change to improve health for all.鈥 During three sessions, the Symposium focused on how cutting-edge science in neurobiology and expanding knowledge about the factors influencing decision making involving the overconsumption of food and alcohol, obesity, and tobacco and drug use can lead to more effective interventions and policies to improve health and health equity across diverse populations. Specifically, through keynote presentations and panel sessions, the Symposium explores:

  • The neurobiology of behaviour and decision making, and how developing knowledge could translate into more effective interventions.听
  • Lessons learned from examples of successful interventions that have targeted the physical, social, and/or behavioural environments to alter behavioural patterns and reduce health inequities.
  • The potential roles for emerging technologies and complex system approaches to encourage healthy decision-making and improve the health of populations.听

Past Symposia

2017 Symposium — Pain and the Opioid Epidemic: A Path Forward

The 2017 Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Symposium was hosted in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the University of Michigan and reflected on the critical issue of pain and the opioid epidemic. The symposium featured a keynote address by (University of California, San Francisco) on The Future of Chronic Pain Management: From Non-Opioid Drugs to Antibodies to Cell Transplants, followed by a panel discussion with (University of Michigan), (University of Michigan), (University of Michigan) and (University of Michigan).

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2016 Symposium — Precision Population Health

rosenthal-homepageThe 2016 Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Symposium was hosted in Seattle, Washington and explored whether precision medicine will improve population health. Do we face a choice between precision medicine vs. population or public health practices, or is this a false dichotomy?听The symposium featured a keynote address by of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a panel discussion with (Microsoft Research), (IHME), (University of Washington) and (University of Washington).

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2015 Symposium — Protecting Patients: Advances and Future Directions in Patient Safety

The 2015 Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Symposium observed the 15th anniversary of the Institute of Medicine鈥檚 1999 report and 2001 report , and also highlighted the most recent IOM report in the Quality Chasm Series, . The symposium highlighted the impact of the reports through implementation of recommendations, addressed the shortcomings of and improvements to our current health care system with respect to patient safety and health care quality, and identified future priorities for reducing medical errors and improving quality and efficiency of the U.S. health care system.

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2014 Symposium — Antimicrobial Resistance: A Problem Without Borders

鈥淚n a 1945 interview with the New York Times, penicillin鈥檚 discoverer Alexander Fleming anticipated the development of drug-resistant bacterial strains. Indeed, penicillin-resistant strains were first isolated from patients in significant numbers a year later, in 1946.鈥 —

The 2014 Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Symposium explored the current and future impact of antimicrobial resistance, implications for our nation鈥檚 health and that of the world, and obstacles and successes in the development of solutions and steps to mitigate this global public health challenge.

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2013 Symposium — Back to The Future of Nursing: A Look Ahead Based on a Landmark IOM Report

The 2013 Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Symposium celebrated the three-year anniversary of the IOM鈥檚听 report, which was released on October 5, 2010. The event highlighted the impact of the report through implementation of recommendations at both the national and local level, discussed the continued work of the , and charted future directions and priorities for the nursing profession.

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2012 Symposium — End-of-Life Matters: Cultural Representations through the Entertainment Arts

The 2012 Rosenthal Lecture focused on how the language of the entertainment arts informs our cultural understanding of end-of-life care. Through the screening of clips from the film Beginners and television medical dramas, and a live theatrical performance reading from Sophocles鈥 Philoctetes, the Rosenthal Lecture panelists听 explored the various ways the entertainment arts can provide a platform for an engaging and compelling conversation about the end of life. The panel approached the conversation through the lens of the patient, the family, the provider, and the community.

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2011 Symposium — New Frontiers in Patient Safety

More than 10 years ago, the IOM released its landmark report on patient safety, The 2011 Rosenthal Lecture featured the Honorable Kathleen G. Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who presented the new steps that HHS is taking to improve patient safety. A panel of leaders in patient safety followed to discuss patient safety progress and opportunities.

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2010 Symposium — Seeing Alzheimer鈥檚 Differently: Changing Images, Changing Visions, Changing Practices

The 2010 Rosenthal Lecture featured Dr. Cathy Greenblat, Social Documentary Photographer and Professor Emerita, Rutgers University. The lecture accompanied an exhibit sponsored by Cultural Programs of the 极品白虎. In the exhibit, Love, Loss and Laughter: Seeing Alzheimer鈥檚 Differently, photographer and sociologist Cathy Greenblat challenges stereotypes of the aged, the infirm, and those in the last stages of life. She offers a new vision of Alzheimer鈥檚 care, documenting the person-centered approach in the United States, France, India, and Japan. Greenblat鈥檚 photographs are a unique, compassionate, and positive portrayal of those with Alzheimer鈥檚 disease, a condition that often evokes fear and despair.听

2009 Symposium — The Problem of Health Care Costs and the Future Financial Viability of the U.S.

The 2009 Rosenthal Lecture featured David M. Walker, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.听

2008 Symposium — Prospects for Health Reform in 2009 and Beyond

The 2008 lecture featured Julie Rovner, Health Policy Expert and National Public Radio Correspondent.

2007 Symposium — Transforming Today’s Health Care Workforce to Meet Tomorrow’s Demands

2006 Symposium — The Food and Drug Administration — Facing the Regulatory Challenges of the 21st Century

2005 Symposium — Next Steps Toward Higher Quality Health Care

2004 Symposium — Perspectives on the Prevention of Childhood Obesity in Children and Youth

2003 Symposium — Keeping Patients Safe

2002 Symposium — Fostering Rapid Advances in Health Care

This lecture was held to discuss findings and recommendations from the IOM report .

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2001 Symposium — Crossing the Quality Chasm: Findings from a New IOM Report

2000 Symposium — Exploring Complementary and Alternative Medicine

1999 Symposium — Measuring Performance in Health Care: Future Challenges

1998 Symposium — The State-of-the-Art of Measuring Performance in Health Care: Perspective of Providers

1997 Symposium — The State-of-the-Art of Measuring Performance in Health Care: Perspective of Purchasers

1996 Symposium — The State-of-the-Art of Measuring Quality: Key Perspectives


For more information, contact Meg McCoy at MMcCoy@nas.edu.听


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