Panel to explore St. Louis public health

‘St. Louis Up Close’ series will focus on social issues

Public health in St. Louis is the first social issue to be explored during a new series at Washington University in St. Louis featuring casual conversations with local nonprofit leaders.

The series, “St. Louis Up Close,” is sponsored by WUSTL’s Gephardt Institute for Public Service and the Community Service Office. Talks are free and open to the public.

“Public Health in St. Louis: Current Efforts in Prevention, Intervention and Innovation” will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Liberman Graduate Center, Room 300 of Danforth University Center.

Speakers are: Kendra Copanas, executive director, Maternal, Child & Family Health Coalition; Matthew Kuhlenbeck, program director, Community Health & Prevention, Missouri Foundation for Health; and Nancy Mueller, associate director of the WUSTL Institute for Public Health.

All talks in the series are at 5 p.m. Upcoming talks are:

Wednesday, Feb. 15
International students will share perspectives during “Hunger & Homelessness Outside the United States” in the Danforth University Center Goldberg Formal Lounge.

Tuesday, March 6
“Downtown Revitalization: Making St. Louis a Great Place to Live, Work, and Play” in Danforth University Center, room TBA.

Wednesday, March 21
“The Changing Faces of Hunger: Who’s Hungry in the United States and How & Why the Demographics are Changing” in Danforth University Center Goldberg Formal Lounge.

Thursday, March 29
“Immigrants and Refugees in St. Louis: Their Experiences, Cultural Contributions and Challenges” in Danforth University Center, room TBA.

Wednesday, April 11
“St. Louis’ Hungry Kids: Why So Many St. Louis Children Are Hungry and How We Can Help Their Families Cope” in Room 248 of Danforth University Center.

For more information about “St. Louis Up Close” events this semester, email