CH&E Seminar Series: COVID-19 and Public Health Policy in the USA: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Topic

COVID-19 and Public Health Policy in the USA: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Date & Time

Monday, September 21, 2020 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Presenters

Dr. Neil MacKinnon, Dean and Professor, Winkle College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Diego Cuadros, Assistant Professor of Health Geography, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Cincinnati

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Abstract

In this presentation, Drs. MacKinnon and Cuadros will compare and contrast the public health approaches to containing the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and the US. They will provide an overview of the current state of the epidemiology and health policy related to the pandemic with a focus on Ohio, an early public health leader in the US. Sharing examples from their own research as part of UC’s Geospatial Health Advising Group, they will discuss the development of, and response to, the health policy briefs their team prepared for the Ohio Department of Health. They will also describe the creation of predictive models and linking these models to available healthcare resources using advanced geospatial mapping techniques and large datasets, as recently published in Health & Place. Anyone with an interest in health policy and epidemiology related to the COVID-19 pandemic will benefit from this seminar, whether a researcher, clinician, policy maker, health advocate or other.

Learning Objectives

* Describe the similarities and differences in public health policy to COVID-19 in Canada and the US.

* Discuss the impact of COVID-19 and strategies to address it in the State of Ohio.  

* Consider the utility of geospatial mapping techniques to predict the spread of COVID-19 and the linkage to available healthcare resources. 

Speaker Bios

 

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Dr. Neil MacKinnon is Dean and Professor of the James L Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to his current position, Neil served as Director of the Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona, which houses the State Office of Rural Health for Arizona. A native of Nova Scotia and a former faculty member at Dalhousie University, Neil co-authored the Canadian bestselling book, Take as Directed, with Rhonda Church, a family physician. Neil has been an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology since 1999.

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Dr. Diego Cuadros is an Assistant Professor of Health Geography in the University of Cincinnati. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Biology at the University of Kentucky and holds a B.Sc. degree in Biology from the National University of Colombia. He is interested in health geography and quantitative epidemiology, particularly in the study of spatial patterns of disease distribution, and pathogen-pathogen interactions. Early during his career his research focused on understanding the role of biological cofactors as drivers of the variability in HIV transmission and epidemic trajectory across sub-Saharan Africa.  His current research focuses on the epidemiology of important public health problems in sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas with emphasis on investigating the drivers of the geographical distribution of different infectious diseases.

 

 

 

 

 

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