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What is Public Health?

​Community discussions on health research priorities

Join the conversation about health research being conducted in the community. Hear from scientific researchers, community members, and organizations—all providing their perspectives on important health issues.

Health Research Live! is a program series that features community and regional scientific research about public health–but what exactly does the term public health mean? Aurora Drew (Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice) and Alice Ely (Public Health Council of the Upper Valley) will discuss public health from both a world and local level, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted public health efforts in our community.

Health Research Live programs include 20 minutes of presentations from experts, 15 minutes of break out groups to discuss issues with your community, and 20 minutes of a larger group discussion. This program will be conducted via Zoom.

The program is produced and organized by the Montshire Museum of Science, Public Health Council of the Upper Valley, Dartmouth- Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Population Health.

This event is free and open to the public, please RSVP by 4pm on October 20.


Alice R. Ely, MPH, is Executive Director of the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley, which as one of the State of New Hampshire’s 13 regional health networks has quickly become the largest and broadest coalition of advocates on public and population health issues in the greater Upper Valley region. Alice received her Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Aurora Drew, PhD. Aurora is on the faculty at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She is a public health practitioner and teacher with a passion and experience bringing evidence to practice. She holds a PhD from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and a Master’s degree in Education from New York University. Aurora currently is a co-investigator in a study of infectious disease and opioid use in rural New England; teaches research methods and capstone classes in the public health and health data science programs at Dartmouth; consults with the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network; and is a founding board member of Families First New England.