The Epidemic of Poverty: The Government Imperative

Epidemics Science Lecture Series

Lecture by Abdul El-Sayed, physician; former health director, City of Detroit; candidate for governor of Michigan

As health director of the City of Detroit, Abdul El-Sayed rebuilt the Detroit Health Department following the city’s municipal bankruptcy to address the needs of its most vulnerable, breaking down health barriers to enable people to learn and earn.

That meant providing vision care to children so that they could see the blackboard, forcing Marathon Petroleum to reduce their sulfur dioxide emissions in the state’s most polluted zip code, and screening every Detroit Public School building for water lead poisoning. Now, he’s running for governor of Michigan.

Free and open to the public.

Part of the 2017–2018 Epidemics Science Lecture Series. A larger, one-day public symposium on the topic was held on Friday, October 27, 2017.