Season 2, Episode 2: Dr. Julie Morita fmr. Commissioner of Chicago Dept. of Public Health & Current EVP at RWJF

In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Julie Morita, former Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health and currently the Executive Vice President at the RWJF (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)”overseeing all programming, policy, research, and communications activities in support of its vision of building a Culture of Health in America in which everyone has a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being.”

In our interview, we discuss Dr. Morita’s past accomplishments, her views on health equity and what motivated her to get into public health. We also touch upon e-cigarettes, vaccinations, Healthy Chicago 2.0, working with diverse stakeholders and what’s next for Dr. Morita.

Contact us: 
– skinnytreespodcast@gmail.com
twitter.com/skinnytrees312

Links and mentions (in order of appearance): 
• West Side United westsideunited.org/
• Elevate Chicago www.elevatedchicago.org/
• Nurse Nancy Golden Books www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/85921…0375832628/
• RWJF (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)www.rwjf.org/en/how-we-work/bui…ure-of-health.html
• Flu Pandemic 2009 www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/…0_PandemicFlu.pdf
• Ebola virus and coordinated response academic.oup.com/cid/article/61/10/1554/301627
• Immunizations work – HPV vaccine campaign www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/cdp…et-hpv-vacci.html
• Tobacco 21+ policy advocacy work www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/may…nerTestifies.html
• Chicago Health Atlas www.chicagohealthatlas.org/
• Plan to End Homelessness www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/fss…homelessness.html
• Jonathan Fielding former LA County health commissioner ph.ucla.edu/faculty/fielding
• Seeing White Series podcast www.sceneonradio.org/
• Building Healthy Places Community Development buildhealthyplaces.org/principles-fo…-communities/
• Healthy Chicago 2.0 www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/cdp…althychicago.html

Books/Podcast Recommendations: 
– Building Healthy Places Making the Case for linking community development and health www.buildhealthyplaces.org/resources/m…and-health/
– The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders www.georgesaundersbooks.com/the-very-pe…ers-of-frip
– Freakonomics Radio Podcast freakonomics.com/
– Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver www.animalvegetablemiracle.com/book.htm
– Decomposed Podcast with Jade Simmons podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/deco…ns/id1458565545
– Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn www.amazon.com/Sharp-Objects-Gil…ynn/dp/0307341550
– Latino USA podcast by NPR www.npr.org/podcasts/510016/latino-usa

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