Dr. John Sbarbaro Memorial Lecture Series in Public Health
THURSDAY, April 12, 2018  
11 am to 1:15 pm 
Please RSVP Below

2001 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80205


Dr. John Sbarbaro was a pioneer in improving the health of Denver and beyond.  He started his career in public health and helped develop the mode of tuberculosis treatment (directly-observed therapy) that is now a core element in the global plan for that disease.  He went on to help found Denver Community Health Services – the network of neighborhood health centers that has grown to provide high-quality medical care to one-third of Denver’s population – and managed the health care system that would become Denver Health.  The lecture series honors Dr. Sbarbaro’s legacy of iconoclastic, innovative public health and highlights the need for creativity, courage and innovation as we face the public health problems of today.

This year’s Sbarbaro lecturer is Dr. Emily Wang, MD, MAS. Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor in the Yale School of Medicine and directs the Health Justice Lab.

The Health Justice Lab is a collaborative, innovative, interdisciplinary team focused on improving the health of individuals and communities who are impacted by mass incarceration. Its members and affiliated faculty include physician-scientists, individuals with a history of incarceration, substance use experts, sociologists, social workers, and medical informaticists. The Health Justice Lab has received continual funding by the National Institutes of Health with projects ranging from the epidemiology of incarceration and cardiovascular health to mitigating the community impact of gun violence using a participatory and assets based framework. 

Dr. Wang has cared for thousands of individuals recently released from prison and is Co-Founder of the Transitions Clinic Network (TCN), a growing consortium of 23 community health centers nationwide dedicated to caring for recently released prisoners and defining best practices for the health care of individuals leaving correctional facilities. In 2012, the TCN was awarded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Award to provide care to over 2,000 patients returning from prison and to train and employ individuals with a history of incarceration as community health workers. 

Dr. Wang has served on the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine’s Health and Incarceration Workshop, Means of Violence Workshop, and the Steering Committee on Improving Collection of Indicators of Criminal Justice System Involvement in Population Health Data Programs. Her work been published in the Lancet, JAMA, American Journal of Public Health, and Health Affairs, and showcased in national outlets such as the New York Times, NPR, and CNN. Dr. Wang has a BA from Harvard University, an MD from Duke University, and a MAS from the University of California, San Francisco.

 Lunch will be served

Space is limited - RSVP required 



  • When

  • 11:00 AM - 1:15 PM

  • Where

  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
    2001 Colorado Blvd
    Denver, Colorado 80205