Monday, October 19, 2015: 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
Grand Ballroom D (Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch)

Policy doesn’t stop when politics starts. In spite of inevitable contradictions and setbacks, political reactions to a policy proposal become an integral part of this same policy. The policy mind uses this experience to refine its vision of the problem and to calibrate the original selection of instruments. Politics is the intelligence of a community, because it is how people achieve their common goals in the face of obstacles. Policy is the means to this end, and it is a never-ending effort.


Pierre-Gerlier Forest, PhD
Institute for Health and Social Policy, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Professor and Director

Pierre-Gerlier (PG) Forest joined Johns Hopkins University in 2013 after a long career in Canada, where he was actively engaged in different sectors of health and social policy. As head of the newly established Institute for Health and Social Policy, PG Forest works with reputed scholars and graduate students interested in the development and implementation of innovative policies addressing the multiple determinants of public health and well-being. PG Forest is the author or co-author of more than 150 scientific papers and books, including Changing Health Care in Canada. In 2008, he was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.