Immunization

Gratitude Amid Struggle: Celebrating Wins in the COVID-19 Response

October 18, 2021

Anne Zink (Chief Medical Officer, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services) and Larry Lewis (licensed psychologist and executive coach) speak on the importance of celebrating “small wins”—tangible stories of progress that can sustain the public health workforce in an otherwise trying time.Read More »

Health Partnerships in Action: Managing COVID-19 at the Southwest Border

September 09, 2021

This episode dissects concerns at the southwest United States border, where health and governmental officials find themselves managing an extraordinarily complex situation: Handling an increase in migration activity during a global pandemic. Pritesh Gandhi (Chief Medical Officer, United States Department of Homeland Security) and Erica Pan (Deputy Director, Center for Infectious Diseases at the California Department of Public Health) share how community-based partnerships are vital to managing an issue with both public health and national security implications. Our speakers discuss how leaders at all levels of government ultimately lean on partners at the local level to carry out their missions—and what that looks like at the border right now.Read More »

Misinformation and the COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

August 25, 2021

Nirav Shah, Director of Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Joe Smyser, CEO of Public Good Projects, discuss countering COVID-19 vaccine misinformation.Read More »

BONUS: Balancing Privacy and Security with COVID-19 Vaccine Credentials

June 16, 2021

The idea of “vaccine passports” is starting to become a divisive issue, but the reality is many businesses are going to start requiring patrons to show some kind of proof of vaccination against COVID-19. On this bonus episode of Public Health Review, Kevin Richardson, outside counsel on global government affairs for Zebra Technologies Corporation, discusses how a business or government can create vaccine credentials that are more sophisticated than the paper cards from CDC, but that also protect people’s personal information.Read More »

BONUS: Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy with AM Trace

June 03, 2021

Vaccines that protect against COVID-19 are now readily available for most Americans, and almost half of the adult population are fully inoculated. However, there are still a significant number of people who are vaccine hesitant—enough to possibly prevent the United States from reaching herd immunity. On this bonus episode we spoke with Jens Dakin, managing director of information operations /strategic communications with AM Trace to discuss how to best communicate to these populations.Read More »

Getting Shots Into Arms: The Race to Vaccinate Against COVID-19

January 21, 2021

Our experts on this episode also discuss that while there have been perceived challenges in the initial COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the overall effort of getting vaccines into the arms of a virus that barely existed one year ago is nothing short of miraculous.Read More »

Preparing for Fall: Back to School and Influenza Season

July 15, 2020

Increasing and maintaining vaccine coverage is an important way to prevent the spread of disease and keep communities healthy. Efforts to reduce COVID-19 transmission, such as social distancing, led to fewer people seeking non-urgent medical care and receiving routine vaccinations. Recent studies (here and here) demonstrate that childhood vaccine uptake has decreased since the onset of COVID-19, leaving many children under or unvaccinated. Ensuring routine vaccination services during the COVID-19 pandemic is an important way to prevent spread of serious illness, hospitalizations, and further strain on the healthcare system.Read More »

Public Health on the Frontlines to Combat Flu

October 16, 2019

It’s that time of year again…flu season. Each year, the United States battles seasonal influenza, leaving thousands of people sick, hospitalized, or worse. Public health professionals across the nation are on the front lines, doing their best to prepare for and respond to seasonal flu in the hopes of reducing the likelihood of a pandemic event. This episode will focus on the burden of seasonal and pandemic flu, and highlight key planning activities and strategies that federal, state, and local public health agencies are doing to combat flu and keep communities healthy.Read More »

Seeing the Possible: A Conversation with CDC Director Robert Redfield

April 30, 2019

In March 2018, Robert R. Redfield became the 18th director of CDC, bringing to the role more than 30 years of experience as a public health leader engaged in the clinical research and care of viral infections and infectious diseases, especially HIV. Since then, HHS and President Trump have announced an ambitious plan to end HIV in America, a cause which Redfield considers a prominent part of his life’s work. But public health challenges remain, including the opioid epidemic and anti-vaccine movement. In this wide-ranging conversation, Redfield shares insights into how his own personal experiences have shaped his priorities as CDC director, the importance of improved communication around vaccine education, CDC’s strategy to end HIV transmission, and how the agency plans to support states and territories as they address the opioid epidemic and other public health challenges.Read More »

Policy Approaches to Containing Antimicrobial Resistance

June 21, 2018

Antimicrobial resistance is a growing threat in the United States and containing its spread through action when even a single case of an antimicrobial resistant bacteria is identified is a priority public health strategy. In this episode, we will hear national and state perspectives on the prevention and containment of unusually resistant bacteria. The co-author of the April 2018 CDC Vital Signs report on containing unusual resistance provides an overview of the CDC strategy and Nebraska state health leadership discusses policy approaches to preventing and containing antimicrobial resistance.Read More »

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