University at Buffalo to Host 27th Annual J. Warren Perry Lecture

Dr. Donna Petersen is the dean of the College of Public Health and senior associate vice president, USF Health, at the University of South Florida.

Published October 23, 2015

The School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) at the University at Buffalo will host its 27 annual J. Warren Perry Lecture on Friday, Nov. 6. This year’s distinguished lecturer is Dean Donna Petersen (South Florida).  Dean Petersen will present a lecture entitled Maternal and Child Health:  The “New” Population Health.

The lecture will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in 150 Farber Hall, Butler Auditorium on the UB South Campus.  This year’s Perry Lecture will also mark the beginning of SPHHP’s celebration of the 50 Anniversary of the School of Health Related Professions.

Petersen is senior vice president of USF Health and dean of the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. She earned her masters and doctoral degrees in maternal and child health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.  She has held faculty and senior leadership positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health and the University of Minnesota, School of Public health, and she also served as director of the Division of Family Health at the Minnesota Department of Health.

In addition to her professional and scholarly accolades, Petersen is the author of numerous publications, book chapters and a textbook on needs assessment in public health. She is a frequent lecturer on topics related to maternal and child health, health care reform, and systems change and leadership, and has provided extensive technical assistance and training to over 25 state health departments in the areas of needs assessment, data system development, systems level accountability and the development of population-based indicators.

Introduced in 1989 by then dean Alan Stull, PhD, the lectureship serves to honor J. Warren Perry, founding dean of the University at Buffalo School of Health Related Professions (now the SPHHP.)  A pioneer in the field of allied health, Perry served as dean from 1966 until his retirement in 1977.  A prolific and accomplished scholar, administrator, author and lecturer, he was a national figure in his field and his work had an impact on health care delivery systems throughout the country.

The lectureship also serves to introduce students, faculty and staff to some of the best leaders and scholars in a variety of fields, including public health, health professions or health sciences.

This year’s event will also be live-streamed for those not able to attend in-person.  For more information about this year’s lectureship and for live stream link, please visit www.sphhp.buffalo.edu/calendar.