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Abdul El-Sayed

Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence
Dr. El-Sayed is a public servant, Michigan politician, former public health professor, and a medical doctor. He served as executive director of the Detroit Health Department and Health Officer for the city from 2015 to 2017, before running for governor of Michigan.

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From A.I. to zero emissions Ford School faculty host and are featured in a variety of podcasts, covering policy topics from artificial intelligence, everyday economics, national security, and more.   My job has always been to demonstrate to...
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El-Sayed discusses "tripledemic"

Nov 15, 2022 America Dissected
Abdul El-Sayed, America Dissected: "If you talk to any pediatrician, there’s one big thing on their mind, RSV. Short for respiratory syncytial virus, RSV is a common virus that can cause serious illness and even death in young children. And that’s...
In the Media

El-Sayed analyzes results of midterms

Nov 15, 2022 Detroit Metro Times
Abdul El-Sayed, Detroit Metro Times: "Democracy was decidedly on the ballot these midterms. Dozens of election deniers were running for seats involving elections administration. Several won, just not in communities where they can influence important...
In the Media

El-Sayed discusses the effectiveness of Obama's midterm remarks

Nov 5, 2022 The New Republic
Abdul El-Sayed, The New Republic: "Obama in his remarks reminds Democrats of how to “hit back”—how to remind Americans that beyond the “inflation” talking points are real people living real lives—and that Republican plans would simply make their...
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El-Sayed dives into the evolution of misinformation

Nov 1, 2022 America Dissected
Abdul El-Sayed, America Dissected: "Today, millions of Americans have yet to receive a first dose of a safe, effective vaccine that has saved millions of lives, all because they’ve been victims of the virality of information. And that leaves them...
In the Media

What the public can teach us about saving democracy - El-Sayed

Oct 30, 2022 Detroit Metro Times
Abdul El-Sayed, Detroit Metro Times: "The frontal assault on our democracy is truly shocking — and it ought to be the most important issue facing our country in these elections. Yet, the systematic starvation and misappropriation of our democracy...
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El-Sayed on why 2022 election is critical

Oct 20, 2022 Detroit Public TV
Abdul El-Sayed, Detroit Public TV: "This is a critical election. I know people are tired of hearing, 'This is the most important election in our lifetimes,' well unfortunately it somewhat is. And the reason why is democracy itself, the ability to...
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El-Sayed comments on state of political culture

Oct 12, 2022 Detroit Metro Times
Abdul El-Sayed, Detroit Metro Times: "It all comes back to power. After all, Herschel Walker is instrumental to GOP control of the Senate. And without Senate control, Republicans can’t keep passing policies that they themselves are immune from....
News

El-Sayed comments on climate, elections and democracy

Sep 4, 2022
Abdul El-Sayed, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, has been sought out by the media to discuss a plethora of issues, from climate policy to the upcoming midterm elections. Additionally, El-Sayed regularly contributes to political discourse...
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Outstanding faculty join the Ford School, fall 2022 updates

Aug 26, 2022
This fall the Ford School welcomes a terrific group of new faculty members and visitors who will strengthen the connections between student education, rigorous academic research, and real-world policy impact. Sam Bagenstos has been appointed the...
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Supreme Court reform is complex but achievable - El-Sayed

Jul 23, 2022 Detroit Metro Times
"The Supreme Court has arrogated itself over the other branches of government — and trampled the rights of Americans. It’s time to fix that," Ford School Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Abdul El-Sayed writes in Detroit Metro...
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El-Sayed comments on new COVID variants

Jul 18, 2022 What a Day
As cases of COVID continue to increase with the new Omicron sub-variant called BA.5, Ford School Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Abdul El-Sayed told the "What a Day" podcast that public health officials are worried about a potential...
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El-Sayed: "In 10 days SCOTUS took us back decades"

Jul 12, 2022 Detroit Metro Times
Ford School Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Abdul El-Sayed opines that the Supreme Court betrayed the public trust in its final rulings released at the end of June -- overturning of Roe v. Wade, limiting gun control measures, and...
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Ford School welcomes 41st class of PPIA fellows

Jun 16, 2022
Weill Hall buzzed with excitement this week as the Ford School kicked off the 41st year of its Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute – a program designed to build diversity in public service. Hailing from coast to...
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El-Sayed testifies to Senate Budget Committee on Medicare for All

May 23, 2022
On May 12, Abdul El-Sayed, the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, testified before the U.S. Senate Budget Committee hearing titled “Medicare for All: Protecting Health, Saving Lives, Saving Money.”  El-Sayed was...
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El-Sayed calls for auto and health insurance reform in new op-ed

Feb 25, 2022 Crain's Detroit Business
Abdul El-Sayed, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, urges lawmakers to stop making auto insurance double as health insurance in a recent op-ed for Crain's Business Detroit. "As Michiganders know all too well, we pay more for auto...
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Watkins-Hayes joins El-Sayed to talk about HIV/AIDS impact

Feb 23, 2022 America Dissected
Celeste Watkins-Hayes, associate dean for academic affairs and founding director of the Center for Racial Justice, recently appeared on, America Dissected, a podcast hosted by Abdul El-Sayed, former Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence. She...
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El-Sayed hosts Parthasarathy on 'America Dissected'

Jan 12, 2022 America Dissected
How are issues of equity addressed in health care innovation and in particular the patent process? Shobita Parthasarathy, professor of public policy and director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program, addressed the question on...
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Faculty News, fall 2021

Dec 13, 2021
The U-M Institute for Clinical & Health Research recognized John Ayanian with a 2020 Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award. Joshua Basseches received a grant from the Climate Social Science Network to continue working on...
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El-Sayed explains Michigan’s rising COVID-19 numbers

Nov 28, 2021
As Michigan becomes a COVID-19 hotbed, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Abdul El-Sayed unpacks what that means knowing what we know in 2021.  El-Sayed appeared on Detroit Today on WDET-FM to unpack what the recent surge in COVID-19...
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El-Sayed discusses the climate crisis and young leadership

Nov 12, 2021 Stateside
Abdul El-Sayed, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, recently sat down with Stateside to discuss the climate crisis. He reflected on the importance of young people in the movement. "When we talk about young people and we look at their...
News

El-Sayed criticizes police officers rejecting vaccine mandates

Oct 27, 2021
Calling out the hypocrisy of police officers who refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Abdul El-Sayed, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, recently wrote an op-ed for the Detroit Metro Times.  In it, he recalls his first "real" interaction...