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Public Health in a Populist Moment

Public Health in a Populist Moment (March 28, 2017)

What does the election of President Donald Trump—and the rise of right-wing populism around the globe—mean for public health? At a time when debates over access to health care and the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs are fueling protest across the political spectrum, how can we build effective movements to defend health as a human right and a public good?

Please join the Open Society Foundations for a panel discussion to address the impact of populist politics on public health in the United States and beyond. We are bringing together advocates, scholars, and organizers to explore the rise of health care as a political flashpoint—from battles over reproductive rights and the Affordable Care Act, to debates about how to respond to the opioid overdose and treatment crisis, to concerns about the future of global health funding—and explore the possibilities for progressive coalition building around the right to health.


  • Jonathan Cohen


    Until November 2021, Jonathan Cohen was the director of the Open Society Public Health Program.

  • Chloë Cooney


    Chloë Cooney is director of global advocacy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

  • Gregg Gonsalves


    Gregg Gonsalves is a codirector of the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Law School, and associate professor at the Yale School of Public Health.

  • Naa Hammond


    Naa Hammond is a program officer at Groundswell Fund.

  • Ronald Martin


    Detective Sergeant Ronald Martin is a harm reduction policing advocate at North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition.

  • Elisabeth Rosenthal


    Elisabeth Rosenthal is editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, and author of the New York Times interactive series “Paying Till It Hurts.”

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