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HarvardX: Confronting COVID-19 - Class 22: The Future of Healthcare Policy and Healthcare DeliveryOVERVIEW: COVID-19 has accelerated important changes in US health policy and practice. This session will explore both the immediate and intermediate effects of the epidemic on access to care; health insurance and health systems; hospitals, and shifts in health delivery and practice. What have been the implications of shifts to telemedicine, delayed care, de-densification, and other changes for policy and for health outcomes?
● Sara Bleich - Professor of Public Health Policy, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health;
Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
● Haiden Huskamp - Henry J. Kaiser Professor of Health Care Policy, Department of Health
Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
● Benjamin Sommers - Professor of Health Policy and Economics, Harvard T. H. Chan
School of Public Health; Brigham and Women’s Hospital
● Zirui Song - Assistant Professor of Health Care Policy, Department of Health Care Policy,
Harvard Medical School; Assistant Professor of Medicine and Internal Medicine Physician,
Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
HarvardX: Confronting COVID-19 - Class 26: Looking Back, Looking AheadOVERVIEW: By the time we get to this final class, the COVID-19 epidemic will be quite different from where it was in early September. In this session we will reflect on the early history of the pandemic and its impact; we will also identify critical areas and strategies for monitoring its intermediate and long term effects on science and society, medicine and public health, institutions and culture.
FACULTY: Allan Brandt and Ingrid Katz
HarvardX: Confronting COVID-19 - Class 25: MisinformationOverview: Unreliable and false information is spreading around the world to such an extent that some commentators have referred to the avalanche of misinformation during COVID-19 as corresponding ‘dis-infodemic’. The phenomenon is not new, but appears to have intensified with COVID-19 complicating, and at times causing active harm as it relates to, public health messaging and the delivery of key services. However, not everyone spreading untruths is doing so maliciously. This distinction underlies the difference between the terms “misinformation” and “disinformation” the second of which implies intent. In this session, we will explore the complex interplay of mis and dis-information, issues of truth, who arbitrates it and the ecosystems in which these phenomena exist and spread.
● Joan Donovan - Research Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
● Yochai Benkler - Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies and Faculty Co-Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School
● Kasisomayajula Viswanath - Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and in the McGraw-Patterson Center for Population Sciences at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI).
HarvardX: Confronting COVID-19 - Class 21: Economic Impact/Economic PolicyOVERVIEW: Pandemics always affect economic life; COVID-19 has had a powerful impact on national and global economies, generating recession and possible depression. This session will assess the tensions that have arisen between reestablishing economies and mitigating the epidemic. It will also assess economic policies for sustaining and rebuilding essential economic stability and growth.
● Karen Dynan - Professor of the Practice, Department of Economics, Harvard University
● Gita Gopinath - John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics,
● Eric Maskin - Adams University Professor and Professor of Economics and Mathematics,