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April 2021

Protection and Mental Health Assistance for Communities Affected by COVID-19 in Peru (this event has passed)

April 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Carmen is a Visiting Scientist at the Department of Global Health and Population. She is also a Harvard LEAD Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute. Currently, Carmen serves as the Director of Mental Health at Socios En Salud (Partners In Health) in Peru where she coordinates diverse research projects on the understanding and improvement of tuberculosis (TB) affected populations, community health, and mental health. She has over 25 years of experience as a public health professional. This event is…

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COVID-19 Crisis in Prisons, Jails, and Detention Centers: Historical Perspective and Global Context (this event has passed)

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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COVID-19 Crisis in Prisons, Jails, and Detention Centers: Historical Perspective and Global Context is the first event in a new series hosted by the Harvard Global Health Institute in partnership with Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. This webinar will bring together a diverse set of panelists to address the current state of the COVID-19 virus in places of detention and incarceration around the world, and discuss how historical contexts for present-day carceral conditions, like overcrowding, and current practices,…

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Building Vaccine Confidence: Global Trends and Practical Solutions (this event has passed)

April 8 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Despite the rapid development of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, resistance to immunization threatens to prolong the arc of the pandemic globally. The drivers of vaccine concern are both vast and population-specific, ranging from misinformation and media manipulation campaigns to historical legacies of medical exploitation among marginalized communities. As such, responses must be intentional, data-driven, and account for the full spectrum of motivations that may prompt resistance to immunizations. Addressing a truly multidisciplinary challenge, efforts to build vaccine confidence require…

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Reimagining Pandemic Preparedness: Making Equity a Strategic Priority

April 29 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Disjointed, nationalist treatment and prevention efforts have largely characterized the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The failure by governments to establish an equitable, coordinated pandemic response has perpetuated oppressive global inequities. Nowhere is this more apparent than with vaccine distribution efforts. Despite the rapid development of life-saving vaccines, nationalist distribution approaches and weak global solidarity have left the most vulnerable populations with inadequate support. Given that global infectious disease outbreaks will only become more common in the future, identifying…

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May 2021

A Perpetual Crisis: Reflections on Renewed Public Health Failures at the U.S./Mexico Border

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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In March, 2021, a record number of children arrived at the U.S./Mexico border, challenging capacity at US Customs and Border Protection facilities and placing newfound pressure on the Biden Administration to act promptly. However this humanitarian crisis is not new, nor is it a direct result of a new U.S. government administration. For decades, the U.S. has failed to improve a system ill-equipped to handle the needs of vulnerable refugees and migrants. As children wait in overcrowded jail-like structures and…

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