VIRTUAL Institute for Public Health Annual Conference – “COVID-19 Pandemic: Response, Lessons Learned and Recovery”

October 29, 2020
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Zoom conference

“COVID-19 Pandemic: Response, Lessons Learned and Recovery”

The 13th Annual Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis conference will focus on the coronavirus pandemic: what went right, what needs improvement and what we learned.

How prepared were we as a local/state/global community for the COVID-19 pandemic and how are we doing? What are the hidden costs of the pandemic? How can effective outreach and communication in the workforce, in schools, and among the public help? Discuss responses, lessons learned and our course toward recovery to a healthier future.

Free of charge and open to the public, the conference features keynotes from top health professionals and audience Q&A with expert panelists, including physicians, researchers and community health professionals.



This agenda is subject to change.

Wednesday, October 28

12-1 p.m.    Virtual Poster Session (See the call for abstracts)

Thursday, October 29 

8:30 a.m.     Welcome

9:00 a.m.     Keynote: Preparedness of the Public Health System and Infrastructure 
Alexander Garza, MD, Chief Medical Officer, SSM Health;
Head of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force

9:45 a.m.     Panel Discussion: Preparedness of the Public Health System & Infrastructure

11:20 a.m.   Panel Discussion: Role of Data and Modeling

12:10 p.m.   Break

12:40 p.m.   Keynote: Vaccines – Road to Recovery and Healing 
Sean Whelan, PhD, Marvin A. Brenneck Distinguished Professor of
Microbiology, Washington University School of Medicine

1:20 p.m.     Panel Discussion: Hidden Costs of the Pandemic (local, U.S. and global) 

3:15 p.m.     Panel Discussion: Important Role of Community Engagement/Communication

4:25 p.m.     Closing Remarks/Adjourn

*Hybrid Event: live for a limited audience and virtual for everyone.

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