Baker Lecture addresses public health policy

BOWLING GREEN, O.—“Telling the Public Health Story – How to Affect Policy, Engage Elected Officials and Inspire Citizens” is the topic for the 13th annual Ned E. Baker Lecture in Public Health on Thursday, March 29.

Andy Goodman, director of The Goodman Center in Los Angeles, will present the topic from 4-5:30 p.m. in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union at Bowling Green State University. A reception will follow the lecture.

Goodman is a nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant in the field of public interest communications. Along with the book “Storytelling as Best Practice” he is author of “Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes” and “Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes.” He also publishes a monthly journal, “free-range thinking,” to share best practices in the field. And in 2008 he cofounded The Goodman Center to offer online versions of his workshops. He has been invited to speak at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, The Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. In 2007 he was selected by Al Gore to train 1,000 people who are currently conducting presentations on global warming throughout the U.S. and around the world. To learn more about his work, please visit and

Sponsoring the lecture are BGSU’s Center for Excellence for Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan, the College of Health and Human Services, and the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health in partnership with the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) and sponsored in part by the Cove Charitable Trust of Boston and the Wood County Hospital Foundation.

NALBOH was founded by Ned Baker, a Bowling Green resident who served on the Wood County Board of Health for 12 years, including two terms as president. He is a BGSU graduate and was presented an Honorary Doctorate of Science in Public Health degree in December 2009. In April 2010, Baker was named one of BGSU’s 100 Most Prominent Alumni.

The lecture named in his honor is available to the public via a webcast. Questions for the speaker may be emailed to For more information contact Jennifer Wagner at or 419-372-7773.


(Posted March 08, 2012 )

Updated: 01/29/2019 10:17AM