VIDEO: Mel Kohn on the Future of Public Health

Nov 7, 2012, 3:44 PM

Inspired by the 2012 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently talked with a range of national thought leaders to discuss what’s needed—and what works—to achieve better health.

Today, we're featuring video interviews with Mel Kohn, MD, MPH, Public Health Director and State Health Officer for Oregon.

Kohn spoke with us about the important roles that law and policy will play in the future of public health—especially as health care reform continues and expands.

He also explained how injury prevention, while a relatively new area of practice in the world of public health, can help to dramatically reduce human and financial costs for both individuals and communities.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.