The “tripledemic” of winter 2022 resulted in more than 100,000 deaths in the US over four months. Vaccination against COVID-19, Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) can protect against severe illness and complications such as hospitalization and death. How do we increase uptake in these critical vaccines this winter? Join community leaders, clinicians, and public health partners in a conversation about increasing vaccine confidence and ensuring equitable access to high-quality vaccination services in venues across New York City.
Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA
University Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, Director of ICAP at Columbia University and Columbia World Projects
Lead, New York City Pandemic Response Institute (PRI)
Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr is Lead for the NYC Pandemic Response Institute, the founder and director of ICAP, and an international expert in infectious diseases and public health with extensive experience in epidemiology and research on the prevention and management of HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and emerging infections, among others. She is also the director of Columbia World Projects and director of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Global Health Initiative (GHI), which mobilizes the university community to address critical challenges in global health. In 2022, Dr. El-Sadr was appointed as Executive Vice President for Columbia Global, a Columbia initiative that promotes and facilitates impactful engagement of the University’s faculty, students, and alumni with the world, to enhance understanding, address global challenges, and advance knowledge and its exchange. Under her strategic leadership in this role, Columbia Global will more closely align some of the University’s key global initiatives, including the Global Centers, CWP, and the Institute for Ideas and Imagination based in Paris, France, and moving forward, will offer the opportunity to include other global initiatives under its umbrella to support and expand the University’s global activities and presence.
Shaaranya has been with India Home, Queens-based nonprofit organization, since 2018. Through her grantwriting and development work she has helped the organization grow more than threefold. She has led major community outreach projects at IH, including the organization’s COVID-19 response, that have reached thousands of community members with education and resources. A strong advocate for South Asian senior rights, she has testified to key government officials to ensure funding for the community. Her planning, communications, and creative skills have helped to increase India Home’s visibility and rapport as NYC’s leading South Asian senior focused service. Prior to India Home, Shaaranya worked in academia at her alma mater of New York University and at nonprofit organizations in Sri Lanka and NYC, cultivating her interest in cultural competence and sensitivity. Shaaranya is also a professional singer, extensively trained in the Carnatic music style.
Website: India Home