Human Services Institute

Since 1943, the Institute has been the place for Northeast Ohioans to convene and create community solutions together.


Leana S. WenLessons from Baltimore: The Intersection of Public Health and Physician Activism

Join us on April 14, 2017, for our annual Human Services Institute Eugene H. Freedheim Lecture featuring the City of Baltimore's Commissioner of Health Leana S. Wen, M.D., MSC., FAAEM. As head of the oldest continually operating health department, Dr. Wen manages an annual budget of $130 million targeting issues such as the opioid epidemic, gun violence, maternal health, and lead poisoning.

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The Human Services Institute is the region's longest-running educational event on health, social, and economic issues. It is traditionally attended by hundreds of people from diverse organizations, including service providers, advocates, funders, volunteers, public officials and other community leaders, students, and interested citizens.

In 2013, the Institute adapted to meet the ever-changing needs of our region by moving from its traditional one-day program covering a variety of health, social, and economic topics to a year-long series of shorter programs, each focused on a single topic and held in different parts of the region.

Learn more about our previous Human Services Institute speaker series here.

Institute speakers have included such distinguished individuals as:

      • David Dodson, president of the Manpower Development Corporation
      • Peter Cappelli, Ph.D., George W. Taylor Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania
      • Sam Quinones, author, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic
      • Isabel V. Sawhill, Ph.D., co-director of the Center on Children and Families and the Budgeting for National Priorities, The Brookings Institution
      • Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor, The Atlantic
      • Dr. Charles Murray, W.H. Brady Scholar, American Enterprise Institute 
      • The Honorable Olympia Snowe, former U.S. Senator
      • John Kania, managing director, FSG-Social Impact Consultants 
      • Greg Moody, director, Governor's Office of Health Transformation


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