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Alumni-Faculty Forum: Lessons Learned From COVID: Where Do We Go From Here?

May 21 @ 8:45 am - 10:00 am

Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Sponsored by the Alumni Association of Princeton University


Moderator

Heather Howard
Director, State Health and Value Strategies, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs; and Co-Director, Global Health and Health Policy, Center for Health and Wellbeing, Princeton University

Panelists

Christina Tan ’92
State Epidemiologist and Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health

Céline Gounder ’97
Senior Fellow and Editor at Large for Public Health at the Kaiser Family Foundation and Kaiser Health News; Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital

Brigham Walker ’07
Research Assistant Professor, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Isao Anzai ’17
Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center


Moderator

HHHeather Howard
Director, State Health and Value Strategies, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs; and Co-Director, Global Health and Health Policy, Center for Health and Wellbeing, Princeton University

Heather Howard is a professor of the practice at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, where she co-directs the Global Health Program and is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Health and Wellbeing. She teaches courses in implementation of the Affordable Care Act, state and local health policy, public health and politics, the social determinants of health and global health policy. She is also director of the State Health and Value Strategies program, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded program focused on assisting states with transforming their health care systems to be affordable, equitable and innovative. Howard served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Health and Senior Services from 2008-2010. In 2017 and 2018, she co-chaired New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s health care transition committee and was later appointed by Governor Murphy to the Multistate Gun Violence Research Consortium and N.J. State Health Benefits Value and Quality Task Force. She also has significant federal experience, having worked as Senator Jon Corzine’s chief of staff, as associate director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and senior policy advisor for First Lady Hillary Clinton, as an honors attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division Health Care Task Force, and for U.S. Representative Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.).  She received her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. from NYU School of Law.

Panelists

CTChristina Tan ’92
State Epidemiologist and Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health

Dr. Tina Tan has been serving as state epidemiologist and assistant commissioner of the Division of Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health at the New Jersey Department of Health since 2009. She is responsible for program management and policy development in areas of general communicable disease surveillance and informatics, immunizations, environmental and occupational health, and cancer epidemiology. During her time at the department, she has directed investigations, public health responses and planning efforts regarding numerous emerging issues such as West Nile virus, bioterrorism-related anthrax, SARS, pandemic H1N1 influenza, post-Hurricane Sandy efforts, imported viral hemorrhagic fever cases, Zika, e-cigarette/vaping product use-associated lung injuries and COVID-19. Tan received her medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a master’s in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her residency in internal medicine and primary care at New York University Medical Center and is board-certified in internal medicine, in addition to completing an applied epidemiology fellowship with CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. She is an adjunct associate professor with the Department of Epidemiology at the Rutgers School of Public Health.

CGCéline Gounder ’97
Senior Fellow and Editor at Large for Public Health at the Kaiser Family Foundation and Kaiser Health News; Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital

Céline Gounder is a senior fellow and editor at large for public health at the Kaiser Family Foundation and Kaiser Health News. She is also the host and producer of “American Diagnosis,” a podcast on health and social justice, and “Epidemic,” a podcast about infectious diseases. The first season of “Epidemic” covered the coronavirus pandemic, and Season 2 will cover smallpox eradication in the Indian subcontinent. From November 9, 2020 to January 20, 2021, Gounder served on the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. In early 2015, Gounder spent two months volunteering as an Ebola aid worker in Guinea. Between 1998 and 2012, she studied tuberculosis and HIV in South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Ethiopia and Brazil. Gounder is a frequent guest on CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, PBS and other TV news outlets, and has written for the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Washington Post and more.

BWBrigham Walker ’07
Research Assistant Professor, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Brigham Walker is a health economist whose research generally focuses on how providers, payers and patients behave in response to new information or incentives. He also conducts field experiments to measure discrimination across health, education and labor market settings. His work has been published in economics, medical, public health and sociology journals, and has been funded by the Louisiana Department of Health and the Commonwealth Fund. He is an inaugural recipient of Tulane University’s Provost’s Award for Excellence in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for his research on discrimination, and a recipient of Tulane University’s Synergy Award for his research on the COVID-19 pandemic. Walker is also an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Economics at Portland State University, a research affiliate with the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), and a vice president of scientific affairs at ConcertAI. At Princeton, he was a molecular biology major, a linebacker on the 2006 Ivy League championship and bonfire team, a member of Terrace Club and a drummer in the campus band Sensemaya.

IAIsao Anzai ’17
Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center

Isao Anzai is a recent graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He stayed at Columbia for his seven-year residency in the Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery program. As a medical student during the first wave of the pandemic, he was an integral member of the Columbia Student Service Corps (CSSC) that supported patients and the local medical community through the transition to remote healthcare access and education. He subsequently served on the front lines in subsequent waves and provided direct care to COVID patients, including performing emergent bedside procedures and managing their postoperative care. At Princeton, he majored in molecular biology, was a member of Princeton Tower Club, performed basic science research in the chemistry department, served as a peer academic adviser and competed with Princeton Running Club.

 

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May 21
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Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08540 United States
Phone:
(609) 258 - 3000