Politics, Health, and Coronavirus.
Slow Response and Disregard of Science
Money Is Not Enough
Is This a Fundamental Change?
The Real Cost of Inaction
Our response to the coronavirus pandemic has been shaped largely by the day-to-day mechanics of politics and policies. This seminar will explore how politics affect our ability to respond both in short and long term to a public health crisis and the various opportunities and challenges we face.
4 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.
4:05 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
FRAMING THE ISSUE
Eduardo Gomez (@Eduardo_J_Gomez), Associate Professor, College of Health at Lehigh University
Dr. Gómez is currently under contract with Johns Hopkins University press to complete a new book, tentatively titled Junk Food Politics, that explains the political, social, and regulatory policy influence (towards children and the poor) of junk food industries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
His research has been funded by the Rockefeller, George Soros, and Tinker Foundations, as well as King’s College London, Rutgers, and Brown University. Dr. Gómez’s research has appeared in a myriad of scholarly peer-reviewed journals, policy journals, and magazines. Dr. Gómez is also a frequent contributor to major media outlets, such as CNN and BBC, on topics ranging from global health to US-Latin American relations.
Prior to joining the faculty at Lehigh University, Dr. Gómez was a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at King’s College London, an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, and prior to that, a pre-doctoral researcher in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has previously worked for Oxfam, the RAND Corporation, World Bank, IMF, George Soros Foundation, and the Inter-American Dialogue. Dr. Gómez was elected to Term Membership at the Council of Foreign Relations in 2009. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served at the United States Air Force Academy. He holds a PhD and MA in political science from Brown University, a MA degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
4:15 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.
THE MECHANICS OF POLITICS
Jennifer Grodsky (@BUFederal), Vice President for Federal Relations, Boston University
Before joining BU, Grodsky was the executive director of federal relations for the University of Southern California. She previously served as legislative director for then-Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis and legislative assistant for Congressman Julian C. Dixon. Grodsky has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Psychology from USC.
4:25 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.
POLICIES AND CORONAVIRUS
4:35 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
Daniel E. Dawes (@DanielEDawes), Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, and Associate Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine
Dawes was instrumental in shaping the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and founded and chaired the largest advocacy group, the National Working Group on Health Disparities and Health Reform, focused on developing comprehensive, inclusive and meaningful legislation to reform the health care system and address the disparities in health care and health status among racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, women, children, LGBT individuals, and other vulnerable groups in the United States. He is the co-founder of the Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network (HELEN), which is a national network of health equity champions in virtually every state and territory.
Dawes often lectures and presents on health law and policy while serving simultaneously on several boards, commissions, and councils focused on health equity and health reform. He is an advisor to international, national, regional, state and municipal policymakers, as well as think tanks, associations, foundations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.
4:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.
MODERATED DISCUSSION AND Q&A
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