COVID-19: A Dose of Reality

Spring 2021 Series

The Harvard T.H. School of Public Health presents a one-of-a-kind, three-part event series on the COVID-19 pandemic—where we are, how we got here, and where we’re going next. Harvard Chan’s world-renowned researchers will join forces with Google’s health and content experts to tackle the crucial issues facing our physical and emotional health during this unprecedented time in public health history.

Part 1
A Look Back, a Path Forward: A Town Hall Event

April 26, 1-2 pm ET / Featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci

Fauci event promo imageFourteen months into an unprecedented, worldwide pandemic, we now find ourselves on the precipice of hope. Thanks to the miracle of science and increases in production and distribution, the U.S. is now averaging more than 3 million vaccinations a day. Yet many hurdles remain: A race against a fourth wave driven by variants. A fight to overcome vaccine misinformation and resistance. Enduring inequities in both vaccine access and disease treatment. And a new, long-overdue testing strategy that is still in its nascent stages.

Anthony Fauci, who has led the nation since day one of this crisis, will join Karen DeSalvo, chief health officer of Google Health, Garth Graham, director and global head of healthcare and public health at YouTube, and Harvard experts Michael Mina and Mary Bassett for a town hall program that aims to answer all of your outstanding questions. Moderated by Axios Health Editor Sam Baker.

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Part 2: 
Adolescent Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19

May 6, 1-2 pm ET / Presented with the National Institute of Mental Illness (NAMI)

With: Archana Basu, Research Scientist, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Diana Chao, Founder and Executive Director, Letters to Strangers; Christine Crawford, Adult and Child Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director, NAMI (@DrChrissyCrawf); Corinne Foxx, Actress, Producer, Writer and Influencer, NAMI Ambassador (@corinnefoxx); Aija Mayrock, Poet, Author and Influencer, NAMI Ambassador; Karen DeSalvo, Chief Health Officer, Google Health (@KBDeSalvo); Garth Graham, Director and Global Head of Healthcare, YouTube. Moderated by ABC News “Nightline” co-anchor Juju Chang.

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Part 3:
Injustice Laid Bare: A Pandemic’s Revelation in American Healthcare
June 28, 1pm ET

Racial disparities have plagued the American healthcare system for centuries, and the COVID-19 pandemic revealed just how ingrained and lethal they have become. During COVID-19, Black and brown Americans died at twice the rate of white Americans, and it has taken a worldwide pandemic to make us confront an inalienable truth: Medical racism is a public health crisis.

In “Injustice Laid Bare: A Pandemic’s Revelation in American Healthcare,” we will talk to those at the forefront of our nation’s healthcare system as well as those who have directly suffered its indignities, in order to confront the system’s inequities and ensure that the wrongs of our healthcare past and present will not continue.

With: Mary Bassett, Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University (@DrMaryTBassett); Karen DeSalvo, Chief Health Officer, Google Health (@KBDeSalvo); Garth Graham, Director and Global Head of Healthcare, YouTube; and Jeffrey Sanchez, former Massachusetts State Representative (@jeffrey_sanchez). Moderated by ABC News Correspondent Deborah Roberts (@DebRobertsABC).

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