2020 Homer G. Phillips Public Health Lecture

This public health lecture series is named in honor of the historic Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis, the premier training ground for African American medical professionals. Although it closed its doors on August 17, 1979, we can learn much from the hospital’s history, presented by the very people who worked diligently to provide culturally sensitive care to the patients who so deeply trusted and loved them.

Due to unprecedented times, we are unable to host our annual Homer G. Phillips Public Health Lecture Series event this year. In its place, we are happy to announce a virtual option for WUSM faculty, staff, students and community members to watch some of our most popular HGP speakers over the years. Even though these lectures were held close to a decade ago, the topics discussed continue to be relevant today. To view the lectures, please use the links below.

October 9, 2009
“American Apartheid: Ethical Notes on History and Medicine”
Harriet Washington
American writer and medical ethicist
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October 21, 2011
“Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Violence, Trauma and Health Equity”
John Rich, MD, MPH
Professor at Drexel University School of Public Health 
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October 18, 2013
“Improving Public Health through Academic Medicine Community Partnerships”
Michael V. Drake, MD
21st President of the University of California
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