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Lessons from the Trenches: Leading During a Public Health Crisis

March 27, 2020

In just a matter of weeks, the situation around COVID-19 in the United States altered dramatically. Now, dozens of states have called for non-essential businesses to close and for residents to stay at home. It’s an evolving situation that’s testing many aspects of American life.

On this episode, we speak with two public health veterans who led state health departments during times of public health uncertainty—like H1N1 and Ebola. Our guests discuss the lessons they learned during trying times, the advice they’d give the public health workforce, and their thoughts on the situation surrounding COVID-19.


  • Josh Sharfstein, MD, Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement at Johns Hopkins University, former state health official of Maryland
  • Leah Devlin, DDS, MPH, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina, former state health official of North Carolina