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21PHirst Signature Speaker Series

The 21PHirst Signature Series is an annual webinar, seminar, and talk initiative that virtually connects various thought leaders from New Jersey, across the United States, and around the world with the Rutgers School of Public Health community.

The series - developed to support the school’s core foundational areas of education, research, and community engagement - is guided by the principles of social justice and health equity, which inform the initiative’s annual theme.

For additional information or questions related to the series, contact the Office of Marketing and Communication .

The 21PHirst Signature Speaker Series is supported by GlaxoSmithKline

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September 2021 – June 2022 Signature Speakers
Theme: Racism is a Public Health Crisis: A Call to Action

  • Oxiris Barbot, MD
    Senior Fellow for Public Health and Social Justice, The JPB Foundation
    Former Commissioner of Health, New York City
  • Pamela Fessler
    Former NPR News Correspondent
    Author, Carville’s Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice
  • Paschal Nwako PhD, MPH, REHS, CHES, DAAS
    Health Officer and Public Health Coordinator, Camden County
  • Barbara Rimer, DrPH
    Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor
    Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • André Sayegh, MA
    Mayor, Paterson
  • Jacquelyn Y. Taylor, PhD, PNP-BC, FAHA, FAAN
    Helen F. Pettit Professor of Nursing
    Columbia University School of Nursing
  • Mark Wade, MD
    Director, Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness
More speakers coming soon.

Learn more and Register

September 2020 – June 2021

Theme: COVID-19 Challenges, Solutions, and the Future of Public Health
  • Enobong (Anna) Branch, PhD
    Senior Vice President for Equity, Rutgers University
  • Arturo Brito, MD, MPH
    President and CEO, Children’s Health Fund
  • Brian Castrucci, DrPH
    President and CEO
    de Beaumont Foundation
  • Brenda Flanagan
    Senior Correspondent, NJ Spotlight News
    Emmy-Award Winner
  • Amanda Graham, PhD
    Chief of Innovations, Truth Initiative
  • Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD
    Dean, Tulane School of Public Health
  • Whitney Pennington Rodgers
    Current Affairs Curator, TED
    Award-Winning Journalist
  • Judith Persichilli, RN, BSN, MA
    Commissioner of Health, New Jersey
  • Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, MPH, PhD
    Bartley Dobb Associate Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence
    Associate Professor of Epidemiology
    University of Washington
  • Stephanie Silvera, PhD
    Professor, Montclair State University