UAMS to Host Journalist, Author Stobbe April 8 for National Public Health Week

By Lee Hogan

The lecture, part of the College of Public Health’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series, will take place from noon-1 p.m. in the 8th floor auditorium in the College of Public Health. The public is invited. Parking is available in Parking Deck 2.

“We are so pleased to have Mike Stobbe here to talk about his book Surgeon General’s Warning. Clearly, his talk will be a great discussion of American public health that will be highly engaging for both the public as well as our students, physicians, and other faculty,” said Jim Raczynski, Ph.D., founding dean of the College of Public Health. “Mike’s book is a rich history of public health but is particularly interesting as a window through which to see debates of public health officials at the highest level.”

Stobbe, who covers the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a wide range of health and medical topics, traces the unique impact that the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General has on public health debates, with an in-depth look at each holder of that office, including native Arkansan Joycelyn Elders, M.D., a graduate of and professor emeritus at UAMS. The book also explores how the power and influence of the surgeon general has compared against other high-profile public health officials, such as the directors of the CDC and the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

Stobbe’s talk will highlight how outspoken surgeons general such as Luther Terry, C. Everett Koop and Joycelyn Elders advanced the nation’s understanding about public health issues. 

Stobbe’s lecture, which celebrates National Public Health Week, is presented by the UAMS College of Public Health, UAMS College of Medicine, the Arkansas Department of Health, UAMS Library and the Society for the History of Medicine and the Health Professions.