Launched in 2008, the James E. Dalen, MD, MPH Distinguished Lecture for Health Policy was established to honor Dr. Dalen’s countless lifelong contributions to the advancement of The University of Arizona and his key role in establishing the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. The annual lecture in his name is designed to raise awareness of public health issues and introduce our audience to emerging ideas from leading experts. These distinguished scholars offer lectures and discussions to our campus community and to the public on local, state, national and international healthy policy issues, and connect the academic world with the “real world” of public health.
2021 Dalen Lecture
MALARIA ELIMINATION IN AFRICA: It could be done, but will it?
As a result of 3 decades of program expansion and focused research and development malaria morbidity and mortality have been largely sequestered into 20 countries in central Africa. Yet it remains the leading cause of death in children under 5 years and pregnant women. Malaria could be eliminated globally. Whether this will occur in the coming decade depends on national priorities and global support.
Presented by Carlos C. (Kent) Campbell, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.S.T.M.H.
Dr. Campbell was born in East Tennessee and is the namesake of his paternal grandfather, Carlos Campbell, who was one of the founders of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a renowned naturalist. He began his professional career with the US Public Health Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He and his family were based in El Salvador for 4 years working with the Ministry of Health on nation-wide malaria control. Following his 21 year service with CDC, he joined the faculty of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center where he led the development of the Arizona College of Public Health; and following the College’s accreditation he served as the Interim Dean of the College for 2 years. Beginning in 2003 he served as Senior Malaria Advisor for UNICEF and then as a consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Infectious Diseases Program where he contributed to the development of the Foundation’s program in support of malaria elimination in Africa through directing the Malaria Control and Elimination Partnership in Africa (MACEPA).
- 2020: *POSTPONED*
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2020 Dalen Lecture was postponed until 2021.
- 2019: Health Diplomacy 2019 - From Theory to Practice
Health Diplomacy 2019 - From Theory to Practice
Dr. John P. Howe, III, Former President and CEO, Project HOPE, President Emeritus and Former President and Distinguished Chair in Health Policy, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
- 2018: Data Sharing in Clinical Trials
Data Sharing in Clinical Trials
Dr. Jeffrey Drazen, Editor-in-Chief, New England Journal of Medicine
- 2017: The Health of Americans in a New Political Order
- The Health of Americans in a New Political Order
Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
- 2016: Wellness in Action: Integrative Medicine meets Public Health
- Wellness in Action: Integrative Medicine meets Public Health
Dr. Victoria Maizes, Executive Director, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Arizona.
- 2015: Diet and Health: A Progress Report
- Diet and Health: A Progress Report
Dr. Walter Willett, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and Chairman of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
- 2014: Participatory Medicine: Mindfulness Based Interventions through the lens of Public Health - Moving the Bell Curve
- Participatory Medicine: Mindfulness Based Interventions through the lens of Public Health - Moving the Bell Curve
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Founder of Mindfulness Meditation at University Massachusetts.
- 2013: The Transformative Power of Integrative Medicine
- The Transformative Power of Integrative Medicine
Dr. Dean Ornish, Founder and President of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at UC, San Francisco.
- 2012: What Were We Thinking? Medical Debacles of the Recent Past
- What Were We Thinking? Medical Debacles of the Recent Past
Dr. Andrew Weil, Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and founder and Director of the Program in Integrative Medicine (PIM) at the University of Arizona.
- 2011: Trends Shaping the Healthcare Delivery System
- Trends Shaping the Healthcare Delivery System
Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- 2010: National Health Reform
- National Health Reform
Dr. David Himmelstein, Professor of Public Health at the City University of New York and a Visiting Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
- 2009: Public Health Policies Confronting our Nation and Global Society
- Public Health Policies Confronting our Nation and Global Society
Dr. William H. Foege, Senior Fellow and Member of the Scientific Board for the Global Health Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, former head of the U. S. Centers for Disease Control.
- 2008: Globalization and Health: Risk and Opportunities on Our Common Borders
- Globalization and Health: Risk and Opportunities on Our Common Borders
Dr. Julio Frenk, President of the University of Miami, former Dean of Faculty at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, former Secretary of Health of Mexico.
Dr. James E. Dalen, MD, MPH
Dr. James E. Dalen, MD, MPH, retired from the University of Arizona in 2001 after serving as Dean of the College of Medicine for thirteen years and as Vice President for Health Sciences for seven years. During his tenure as Dean and Vice President, the College of Public Health, The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and the Arizona Telemedicine Program were established. Successful fund raising led to the establishment of new research facilities including the Children’s Research Center, The Sarver Heart Center, The Arizona Arthritis Center and a major expansion of the Arizona Cancer Center.
Currently he is Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Public Health, and teaches in the colleges of Medicine and Public Health. In addition, he is Executive Director of the Weil Foundation which supports education in Integrative Medicine.
From 1988 until 2004 he was Editor of the Archives of Internal Medicine and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Dalen established and served as Co-Chairman for the ACCP Consensus Conference on Antithrombotic Therapy, which has resulted in the publication of eight CHEST Supplements since 1986. He is the author or co-author of more than 350 publications in medical literature as well as eleven books and monographs.
He has served as President of the American College of Chest Physicians, President of the New England Cardiovascular Society, and Governor of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians.
He has received many teaching awards. In 1987 he received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the University of Massachusetts. In 1988 he was named the University of Washington Distinguished Medical Alumnus of the Year and received the Alumni Achievement Award from Washington State University. In 2000 he received the College Medal from the American College of Chest Physicians and was named a Master Fellow of the college. In 2010 he was awarded the Harvard School of Public Health’s highest honor for its alumni: the 2010 Alumni Award of Merit. In 2012 he was named a Master Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University of Massachusetts in 2013. He most recently received the 2015 Bravewell Distinguished Service Award from the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health for his role as one of the founders of the Consortium and as one of the founders of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.