SNF Agora Symposium on Civic Health

National Library of Greece, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens, Greece

For democracies around the globe, COVID-19 has brought into stark relief the ways that citizens’ health and very lives can depend on how their government functions. But the reverse is also true: the health of democracy – and its ability to safeguard our health – depends on how we as citizens participate.

This symposium will bring together scholars, innovators, and health officials who, in their own work, are showing how health and democracy are linked in unexpected ways, and who are developing tools that can help us change the trajectory of health in our own communities. Through the discussions, participants will see how they can use their voice in civic and democratic processes to improve the wellbeing of global democracy, and the planet itself.

This event will take place in person in Athens, Greece. All times are local Athens time. Registration and information about our livestream option will be available soon!

10:30 a.m. –  Program begins

10:35 a.m. –  Welcome from SNF Agora Inaugural Director Hahrie Han

10:40 a.m. – Keynote by Minister Audrey Tang, followed by a conversation between Minister Tang and Hahrie Han

11:25 a.m. – Moderated Panel: How Can Active Citizenship Improve Health for All Members of Democracy?

  • Moderator:

    • Adam Seth Levine, SNF Agora Institute Associate Professor of Health
  • Speakers:

    • Giada Girelli, Senior Analyst, Human Rights and Justice Team, Harm Reduction International
    • David Holt, mayor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    • Alister Martin, founder and board chair of Vot-ER: integrating voting registration into healthcare delivery
    • Sarah Szanton, Dean of the JHU School of Nursing and Patricia M. Davidson Professor for Health Equity and Social Justice

12:25 p.m. – Closing remarks by SNF Agora Institute Inaugural Director Hahrie Han