Editor’s Note: This is not a PRI-specific event, but the series is instructed by Mitch Stripling, Director of the NYC Pandemic Response Institute.
COVID-19 challenged traditional ideas of “public health preparedness” and exposed tragic gaps in the way institutions and societies prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. The next century will be challenged by further pandemics, climate-driven crises, and other threats. This requires reimagining our approach to prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery from such threats.
This seminar series will offer the perspectives of public health practitioners, community leaders and scholars in envisioning the transformation we need and describing the paths to make these changes a reality. In conversation with these experts, participants will have the opportunity to consider lessons learned from COVID-19 and how these lessons must shape our future efforts to secure the health and well-being of communities. Truly “reimagining” these issues means we must dig into root causes, challenge underlying assumptions, and reshape the types of legal and policy frameworks we use for these times of crisis.
The seminar consists of five 75-minute in-person sessions taking place at the Mailman School of Public health (722 W 168th street) on Wednesdays on the following dates: January 24, February 7, February 21, March 6, and April 3.