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

Insight and Inspiration Series

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.

Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD

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

Wed., July 29, 2020 at 4:00 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

Wed., Aug. 19, 2020 at 4:00 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.

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Anthony B. Iton, MD, JD, MPH

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

Wed., Sept. 16, 2020 at 4:00 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

Wed., Oct. 14, 2020 at 4:00 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

Wed., Nov. 18, 2020 at 4:00 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.

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Dan Heath

Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen

Thurs., March 4, 2021 at 2:00 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.

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