Can We Do Better? Public Health Policymaking in Pandemics

Numerous governmental approaches have been adopted to alleviate the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Variation in the extent and organisation of these responses has resulted in countries findings themselves with different degrees of economic and social stability. This event brings together extensive expertise in the medical industry and public health to discuss the policymaking in different nations and the impact this has had on a country-by-country and global scale.
Join us for a conversation focused on key questions including: * What are the key factors that determine the efficacy of a governmental response to a pandemic? * Where should countries be focusing their time and resources? * What policies should countries implement to avoid future pandemics? * What would the “optimal” pandemic response look like?
The event will include an extensive Q&A session with our guest speakers, which will be led by SIU hosts. This event is open to all students and early career researchers free of charge. Registration is required to join the live event, so do register here for a spot! Registered attendees will receive an email at a later date with information on how to access the live event.
Speaker Information:
Professor Ashish Jha is a world-renowned Professor of Global Health at Harvard University, and the Director of the Harvard Global Health institute. At the same time, he is a practicing General Internist and also a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His research endeavours focus on improving the quality and costs of healthcare systems with a specialised focus on the impact of policies. Professor Jha has played pivotal role in the US governmental response to the coronavirus pandemic, advising and evaluating the US response to the COVID-19 pandemic through specialist features on media outlets, such as MSNBC and CNN, and as well as in the two hundred papers he has published in various prestigious health and science journals.
Professor Jane Duckett is Edward Caird Chair of Politics and Director of the Scottish Centre for China Research at the University of Glasgow. She is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the Academy of Social Sciences. Her research has been concerned with Chinese public policy that include social welfare, poverty, unemployment and health policies. She is currently leading a UK government funded research project into the Chinese Government’s measures to tackle Covid-19. The findings will help other governments to develop their own responses to the pandemic which are effective, ethical and humanitarian.