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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.

Show Notes

Guests:

  • Erica Pan, MD, MPH, FAAP. California State Epidemiologist. Deputy Director, Center for Infectious Diseases at the California Department of Public Health
  • Pritesh Gandhi, MD, MPH. Chief Medical Officer, United States Department of Homeland Security

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