For his Conversations with ... series, Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health, joins distinguished expert guests in conversation on various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health topics. Watch past talks below.
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March 15, 2022
A pioneer in global public health for more than 35 years, Dr. Seth Berkley has been a champion of equitable access to vaccines and of innovation, and a driving force to improve the way the world prevents and responds to infectious disease. A medical doctor and infectious disease epidemiologist, Dr. Berkley joined Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance as its CEO in August 2011. Under his leadership, Gavi has accelerated global immunization access in its mission to save lives, reduce poverty and protect the world against the threat of epidemics and pandemics.
February 14, 2022
Please join Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, for a conversation with Dr. James Gavin, clinical professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and Principal, J.R. Gavin & Associates, LLC. He also serves as Chief Medical Officer of Healing Our Village, Inc. He served as President and CEO of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.
November 30, 2021
Please join Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, for a conversation with Dr. Sapna Desai, a public health researcher and practitioner based at the Population Council in New Delhi, India, where she focuses on women’s health, community-based interventions and health systems
October 14, 2021
As a key advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recommended booster shots for those who received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown School of Public Health, spoke with Noubar Afeyan, CEO of Flagship Pioneering, the company that created and nurtured Moderna, as part of the Dean’s conversation series.
September 22, 2021
Dean Ashish K. Jha was joined for a conversation with Dr. Zeynep Tüfekçi, McColl Term Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science, and Contributing opinion writer at The Atlantic and The New York Times. They discuss what we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, how we’re still learning (and not learning) lessons, and how we do better in future health crises.
May 18, 2021
Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, was joined for a conversation on what the pandemic taught us about the role of basic science in public health with Gökhan Hotamışlıgil, MD, PhD, James S. Simmons Professor, Department of Molecular Metabolism and Director of the Sabri Ülker Center for Metabolic Research at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. An interactive audience Q&A followed the talk.
February 11, 2021
Dr. Helene D. Gayle, MD has been president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations, since October 2017. Under her leadership, the Trust has adopted a new strategic focus on closing the racial and ethnic wealth gap in the Chicago region.
For almost a decade, she was president and CEO of CARE, a leading international humanitarian organization. An expert on global development, humanitarian and health issues, Dr. Gayle spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. She worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues. She also launched the McKinsey Social Initiative (now McKinsey.org), a nonprofit that builds partnerships for social impact.
December 9, 2020
Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG, provides a valuable combination of experience at the highest levels of patient care and medical research, as well as organizational management and public health policy. Marrying her transformational leadership acumen and strategic thinking to tackle challenging management issues, she has a track record of redesigning complex organizations’ infrastructures to reflect the needs of evolving strategic environments and position the organization for success through sustainability tactics.
October 20, 2020
Dean Ashish Jha and Professor Wendy Schiller, PhD take stock of current conditions in the United States and discuss their political ramifications as well as the ongoing impact of the pandemic on patients and health care professionals on the front lines.
August 7, 2020
In an online forum hosted by Brown University President Christina Paxson and Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health, Dr. Anthony Fauci talked about the prevalence of the virus in the U.S. and what people can do to slow the spread. Watch the video in its entirety, or jump to a specific time that interests you: