Insight and Inspiration Series

Insight and Inspiration: Monthly Conversations for Public Health Leaders in the Era of COVID-19

Join ASTHO and nationally recognized thought leaders, authors, and strategic thinkers for insight and inspiration to motivate and advance your leadership amid the COVID-19 response. Sessions are 45-minutes and open to public health professionals at the local, state, or federal levels looking to ground themselves and their leadership in the midst of our national public health response.

Nadja West

Leading Through Uncertainty

Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 at 4 p.m. ET

Speaker: Nadja West
First African American Army Surgeon General and Former Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command

In an inspiring conversation, Lt. Gen. Nadja West (retired) will share her story of grit, perseverance, strength, and breaking boundaries in the face of adversity. West will draw on her 20 years of leadership experience in crisis management and disaster response—including leading more than 130,000 Army healthcare professionals and crafting the Department of Defense’s medical response to the Ebola crisis—to share effective tactics for leading in difficult times.

Sebastian Junger

Leading in Public Health: COVID-19 and PTSD in the Workforce

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. ET

Speaker: Sebastian Junger
Award-Winning Journalist, Director, and Best-Selling Author

In this powerful conversation, Sebastian Junger, award-winning journalist, director, and best-selling author of The Perfect Storm and TRIBE will engage the audience in an emotionally compelling and vivid portrait of the impact of post-traumatic stress. He will examine the parallels of our military veterans to that of our front-line service providers and health department staff in the response to COVID-19.

Mylynn Tufte

Leading with Gratitude

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 at 4 p.m. ET

Speaker: Mylynn Tufte
ASTHO Alumni - North Dakota

During this uplifting session, Mylynn Tufte (alumni-ND) will explore what it means to lead with gratitude and the powerful impact approaching life with genuine gratitude can have on our effectiveness as leaders. Drawing on lessons learned throughout her leadership journey, Tufte will share the importance of remaining engaged and appreciative in difficult times.

  • Past Sessions
    • Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD

      The Public Health Crisis Survival Guide: Leadership and Management in Trying Times

      Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET

      Speaker: Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD
      Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Author of The Public Health Crisis Survival Guide: Leadership and Management in Trying Times

      In this interactive and engaging session, Dr. Sharfstein will share insights on what our "next normal" in public health may look like, as well as provide tips and tools for public health professionals seeking to lead through crisis and address issues of health disparities in responding to COVID-19.

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      Tom Nichols, PhD

      The Death of Expertise and What it Means for Public Health Today

      Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET

      Speaker: Tom Nichols, PhD
      Sovietologist, Author, and Professor at the U.S. Naval War College

      In this lively conversation, author Tom Nichols will address the rejection of expertise in the Information Age where people are exposed to more information than ever before and the implications for public health institutions and professionals responding to COVID-19.

      Recording unavailable for this session.

      Anthony B. Iton, MD, JD, MPH

      Changing the Odds for Health in the Midst of a Global Pandemic

      Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET

      Speaker: Anthony B. Iton, MD, JD, MPH
      Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment

      In this engaging session, Dr. Anthony Iton will speak to the intersection of public health and social justice and the importance of equity-driven policy solutions in our response to COVID-19.

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      Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH

      Building Healthy and Resilient Communities During COVID-19

      Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET

      Speaker: Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH
      Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health

      In this insightful session, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott will share from her experiences as director of the Rhode Island Department of Health and as a specialist in infectious diseases for children and adults. She will provide practical tips for public health professionals seeking to build stronger and more resilient communities in the midst of COVID-19.

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      Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH

      Leading through Crisis—The Importance of Mindset, Self-Care, and Leader Resilience

      Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET

      Speaker: Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH
      Professor and Director, Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice, University of South Florida College of Public Health

      During this uplifting session, Dr. Marissa Levine will draw on her 16 years of state government service and expertise in leadership to share the important role of mindset, self-care, and resilience with public health professionals leading during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

      Recording unavailable for this session.

      Dan Heath

      Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen

      Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 2 p.m. ET

      Speaker: Dan Heath, MBA
      Innovative business thought leader and New York Times best-selling author

      So often in our organizations and communities, we fall into a cycle of reaction. A problem happens, and we respond. We constantly fight fires. We contend with emergencies. Researchers call this "tunneling." We don't see the big picture, and we don't think about the future. We just keep pushing forward from one crisis to the next. What if instead, we could shift our energies upstream, uncovering and addressing the source of the problems? Heath will share the three forces that push us downstream, as well as the powerful levers we can use to start preventing problems before they happen.

      Recording unavailable for this session.


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