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Mistakes, missteps, and lessons learned: How we stop the coronavirus

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Mistakes, missteps, and lessons learned: How we stop the coronavirus

08 October 2020

12:00 p.m. ET

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Is your hope fading? Don’t let it. Many are justifiably astounded that this coronavirus pandemic simply will not stop. How can a virus that we understand down to the very molecule still evade public health measures and medicines? Whatever we do, it seems to slip through our defenses. A vaccine will eventually come, but it will take months to reach everyone who needs it. What more can we do to stop the spread?

This webinar accesses some of the world’s leading scientists to explain what seems to be a never-ending list of challenges. But the news is good—we believe we can win by learning from our successes and failures thus far. Tune in to find out the what, when, and how of how this pandemic—and future ones—can be stopped.

This webinar will last for approximately 60 minutes.

Speaker bios

Ashish Jha, M.D., M.P.H.

Brown University School of Public Health
Providence, RI

A practicing physician, Dr. Jha is recognized globally as an expert on pandemic preparedness and response as well as on health policy research and practice. He has led groundbreaking research on Ebola and is now on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response, leading national and international analysis of key issues and advising state and federal policy-makers. Dr. Jha recently started his role as dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University. Before that, he was faculty director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, dean for global strategy and professor of global health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jha graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in economics. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1997 and trained as a resident in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He returned to Boston to complete his fellowship in general medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In 2004, he completed his Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2013.

Debra Furr-Holden, Ph.D.

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Flint, MI

Dr. Furr-Holden is associate dean for public health integration, C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, and director of the Division of Public Health at Michigan State University. She is also director of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions, funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She is an epidemiologist and classically trained public health professional with expertise in behavioral health equity and health disparities research. Her community-based, action-oriented research has been well received by community stakeholders and driven multiple policy interventions to address some of the nation’s greatest public health challenges, especially among racial and ethnic minorities and in racially and economically segregated communities. Her research is grounded in the rubrics of epidemiology and consistent with principles and practices for understanding and intervening in the social determinants of health and health equity. She has received many awards, including the 2006 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy). Dr. Furr-Holden attended the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (B.A., natural sciences and public health, 1996) and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Ph.D., 1999).

Caitlin Rivers, Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
Baltimore, MD

Dr. Rivers is a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research focuses on improving public health preparedness and response, particularly by improving capabilities for “outbreak science” and infectious disease modeling to support public health decision-making. She has authored or contributed to several influential reports that are guiding the U.S. response to COVID-19. She is the lead author on the report “Public Health Principles for a Phased Reopening During COVID-19: Guidance for Governors,” which is being used by the National Governors Association, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to guide reopening plans. In May 2020, she testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, and the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. Prior to joining the Center for Health Security in 2017, she worked as an epidemiologist for the United States Army Public Health Center as a Department of Defense SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) Scholar. She also participated in the National Science and Technology Council’s Pandemic Prediction and Forecasting Science and Technology Working Group. She serves as an associate editor of the journal Health Security. Dr. Rivers obtained her Ph.D. and M.P.H. at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Sean Sanders, Ph.D.

Washington, DC

Dr. Sanders did his undergraduate training at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, UK, supported by the Wellcome Trust. Following postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University, Dr. Sanders joined TranXenoGen, a startup biotechnology company in Massachusetts working on avian transgenics. Pursuing his parallel passion for writing and editing, Dr. Sanders joined BioTechniques as an editor, before joining Science/AAAS in 2006. Currently, Dr. Sanders is the Director and Senior Editor for Custom Publishing for the journal Science and Program Director for Outreach.

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