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January 2021

COVID Vaccine Equity: The Impact of Race, Racism and Mistrust in the Health Care System on Vaccine Hesitancy (this event has passed)

January 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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As we begin a new year during a global pandemic there are nearly 20.7 million cases of COVID in the U.S. and over 352,000 people have died from the disease.  A study of selected states and cities with data on COVID-19 deaths by race and ethnicity showed that 34% of deaths were among non-Hispanic Black people, though this group accounts for only 12% of the total U.S. population.  As a result of the disproportionate impact of the disease on Black,…

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THE COVID-19 VACCINE ROLLOUT: What’s Ahead? (this event has passed)

January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Zoom Webinar
Free

As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines unfolds in the United States, numerous questions around distribution, supply, hesitancy and efficacy persist. And the stakes have never been higher, as numbers of deaths and cases repeatedly break records. In this discussion, experts will review the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, address safety concerns, explore upcoming expected vaccines, and discuss implications of virus variants.

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Online exhibit: A World of Viruses (this event has passed)

January 24
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Zoom Webinar
Free

Virus behavior can have both positive and negative repercussions in the world, and in our bodies. At this present time the world is coping with a pandemic caused by the infiltration of the airborne virus, COVID-19. In fact, viruses are ever present in our world, occupying nearly all organisms, and found in virtually every type of habitat. They are also ancient, predating some of the earliest forms of life. Through this online exhibit, “A World of Viruses,” we will learn…

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What Can AI Researchers Learn from the COVID-19 Pandemic? (this event has passed)

January 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Zoom Webinar
Free

In this webinar, Zak Kohane, MD, PhD, will discuss this COVID discontinuity in the context of a longstanding issue in the field of AI and machine learning: how can algorithms (and the human physicians interacting with them) adapt to shifts in medical knowledge, whether from a novel therapy or a newly described disease? He will outline potential opportunities for AI researchers, and steps that AI experts and clinicians should take to optimize system performance and patient care.

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Critical Public Health Questions for 2021: Closing (and Reopening) Schools and Workplaces

January 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Zoom Webinar
Free

The COVID-19 pandemic—the greatest public health challenge in more than a century—has forced many hard decisions. The partial or full closures of schools nationwide have become a flashpoint with very strong opinions on both sides and have reinforced the critical role that schools play in supporting the health of our children. As we move toward reopening schools and other workplaces, it is clear that buildings themselves are vital to the public’s health, and the need for proper ventilation and air…

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Leveraging the Arts for a Healthier & Just America

January 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Zoom Webinar
Free

Motivated by the need to help the nation charter a pathway for an American recovery, DrPH Candidate and FXB Center for Health and Human Rights Fellow Amanda Taffy is working on a thesis entitled, The Role of the Arts During COVID-19: Gendered Expressions of Resilience & Empowerment. With the help of faculty from the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at Harvard University, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, this thesis…

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Global Mobility and the Threat of Pandemics: Evidence from Three Centuries

January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Zoom Webinar
Free

Countries restrict the overall extent of international travel and migration to balance the expected costs and benefits of mobility. Given the ever-present threat of new, future pandemics, how should permanent restrictions on mobility respond? A simple theoretical framework predicts that reduced exposure to pre-pandemic international mobility causes a slightly slower arrival of the pathogen. A standard epidemiological model predicts no decrease in the harm of the pathogen if travel ceases thereafter and only a slight decrease in the harm (for…

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February 2021

From Testing to Mortality: COVID-19 and the Inverse Care Law in Switzerland

February 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Zoom Webinar
Free

Department of Epidemiology Seminar Series Speaker: Matthias Egger, Prof.Dr.med., MSc FFPH DTM&H Head of Research Group Research – HIV, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) University of Bern Abstract: Dr Egger will briefly introduce Julian Tudor-Hart’s inverse care law (“The availability of good medical care tends to vary inversely with the need for the population served”), and the COVID-19 epidemic in Switzerland. He will then present a comprehensive analysis of the association between neighbourhood socio-economic position…

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