Health Affairs Virtual Event: Public Health during COVID 19

  • Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
  • Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Access: Open to all

Health Affairs thanks Howard Koh of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for serving as adviser on the COVID-19 and public health papers and thanks the New York Health Foundation, Episcopal Health Foundation, and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for their financial support.

WASHINGTON DC USA -- HEALTHCARE UPDATE NEWS SERVICE™ -- MARCH 3, 2023: In March 2023, Health Affairs will publish a cluster of research papers focused on lessons for public health policy and practice arising from the COVID-19 pandemic experience in the United States. COVID-19 stressed the public health system while also demonstrating its importance.

This collection of articles explores trends in the public health workforce during the pandemic, ways to improve coordination between public health and medical care systems, strategies for mitigating community spread of COVID-19 at the local level, and recommendations for modernizing emergency health powers laws, US laboratory systems, and public health financial data.

You are invited to join us on March 8 for a Health Affairs virtual issue briefing, where Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil hosts authors for a discussion of their research and the broad lessons from COVID-19 for the future of public health. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Margaret Bourdeaux, Research Director, Program in Global Public Policy and Social Change, Harvard Medical School
  • Thomas Dobbs, Dean, John D. Bower School of Population Health, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Wesley Greenblatt, Pediatrician, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Instructor, Harvard Medical School
  • Howard Koh, Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership, Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Health Affairs Issue Adviser
  • Jonathon P. Leider, Director, Center for Public Health Systems, Division of Health Policy & Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • Michelle Mello, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, and Professor of Health Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Jason M. Orr, Researcher, Center for Public Health Systems, University of Minnesota
  • Shefali Oza, Epidemiologist, Harvard University
  • Beth L. Rubenstein, Epidemiologist, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Zirui Song, Associate Professor of Health Care Policy and Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director of Research, HMS Center for Primary Care; and General Internist, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Gillian K. SteelFisher, Principal Research Scientist, Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Jay K. Varma, Professor Population Health Sciences, Weill Cornell Medical School
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Access: Open to all

The centerpiece of the Health Affairs Journal Club meeting in March is, "Surviving The Surge: Non-Urgent Procedures, Intensive Care, And Mississippi’s COVID-19 Waves."

Using Mississippi’s hospital discharge data, the authors examined the decline in elective procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the health care system complied with emergency orders to preserve resources for the response.They found a nearly 27 percent decline in intensive care unit (ICU) admissions for elective procedures during these interventions, reducing ICU bed occupancy for elective surgeries by 16.8 percent and freeing up an average of eleven ICU beds each day.

On March 16, please join author Thomas Dobbs, Dean of the John D. Bower School of Population Health at University of Mississippi’s Medical Center, for a detailed discussion of the paper’s data, methods, and policy conclusions. Health Affairs Senior Deputy Editor Sarah Dine will host.

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Access: Health Affairs Insiders

In a recent Health Affairs Health Policy Brief, "Mass Shootings In The United States: Population Health Impacts And Policy Levers" (September 15, 2022), American University professors Aparna Soni and Erdal Tekin reviewed research about mass shootings and their effect on population health. The brief focuses on mass shootings, not on the broader phenomenon of gun violence.

On March 23, you are invited to join professors Soni and Tekin for an Insider Lunch & Learn session examining policy interventions to reduce the population health harms inflicted by mass shootings and areas for future research. The event will be moderated by Health Affairs Senior Editor Laura Tollen.

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Access: Health Affairs Insiders

- Please join us on Thursday, March 30, for an Insider Lunch and Learn event featuring Ninez A. Ponce, Professor and Chair in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health's Department of Health Policy and Management, Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and former Associate Director of UCLA's Asian American Studies Center.

A leader in diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of health policy research for several years, Dr. Ponce is the principal investigator of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the largest state health survey in the United States, and led the first CHIS effort to measure race/ethnicity, acculturation, physician-patient communication, and discrimination. On March 30, she will discuss her work with the CHIS and her commitment to using evidence to find equitable health policy solutions. Health Affairs Director of Equity Vabren Watts will host.

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Access: Health Affairs Insiders


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