Rethinking the U.S. COVID-19 Response
350,000+ dead. 20 million+ cases. President-elect Joe Biden’s most urgent challenge is stemming COVID-19 in the U.S. What will be his strategy and priorities? Join Biden COVID-19 Advisory Board members Celine Gounder, MD, ScM ’00, and Loyce Pace, MPH ’05, for a special “Alumni Spotlight Series” webcast moderated by Global Health NOW editor-in-chief Brian W. Simpson, MPH ’13.
Celine Gounder, MD, ScM ’00, FIDSA, is a clinical assistant professor at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and cares for patients at Bellevue Hospital Center. From 1998 to 2012, Dr. Gounder studied TB and HIV in South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Ethiopia and Brazil. While on faculty at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Gounder was the director for Delivery for the Gates Foundation-funded Consortium to Respond Effectively to the AIDS/TB Epidemic. She later served as assistant commissioner and director of the Bureau of Tuberculosis Control at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
As a former CNN medical analyst and frequent expert guest on CNN, MSNBC, HLN, Al Jazeera, America, CBS, BBC, MTV, Dr. Oz, and Oprah Prime, Dr. Gounder is best known for her coverage of the Ebola, Zika, COVID-19, opioid overdose, and gun violence epidemics. She is the CEO/president/founder of Just Human Productions, a nonprofit multimedia organization, and also the host and producer of American Diagnosis, a podcast on health and social justice, and Epidemic, a podcast about the coronavirus pandemic.
Loyce Pace, MPH ‘05, a leader who has worked on the ground in more than 15 countries delivering health programs and mobilizing advocates, has served as Global Health Council’s (GHC) president and executive director since December 2016. Loyce comes to the role having held leadership positions in global policy and strategic partnerships at LIVESTRONG Foundation and American Cancer Society. Additionally, she has worked with Physicians for Human Rights and Catholic Relief Services.
Over the course of her career, Loyce has championed policies for access to essential medicines, testified for congressional global health appropriations, and elevated the voices of people at the community level around various shared advocacy goals. She has been recognized by the Union for International Cancer Control as a Young Leader at their World Cancer Summit and has been an expert advisor in high-level forums hosted by the World Health Organization, U.S. National Academy of Medicine, and other policymaking bodies. She is a highly sought after public speaker and frequently quoted in media regarding global health trends.