MEDIA ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins Hosts Virtual Fireside Chat with Rochelle P. Walensky

04/29/2021

Tuesday, May 4, 11 a.m.

April 29, 2021 — Johns Hopkins welcomes Rochelle P. Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for a virtual conversation with Paul Rothman, dean of the medical faculty for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine, as part of the Johns Hopkins Health Policy Forum. The conversation will cover a range of topics including an update on the national strategy to respond to COVID-19, the power of combining medicine and public health, and a reflection on career pathways and progression. 

Johns Hopkins welcomes Rochelle P. Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for a virtual conversation with Paul Rothman, dean of the medical faculty for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine, as part of the Johns Hopkins Health Policy Forum. The conversation will cover a range of topics including an update on the national strategy to respond to COVID-19, the power of combining medicine and public health, and a reflection on career pathways and progression. 

Walensky served as Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital from 2017-2020 and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School from 2012-2020. She served on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and conducted research on vaccine delivery and strategies to reach underserved communities.

Originally from Maryland, Walensky received her Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, her Doctor of Medicine from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and her Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

The virtual event will be broadcast on the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, a continuously updated source of COVID-19 data and expert guidance. The site is led by a cross-disciplinary team across Johns Hopkins who aggregate and analyze the best data available on COVID-19 — including cases, testing and contact tracing — to help the public, policymakers and healthcare professionals worldwide respond to the pandemic.

Pre-registration required here.

The series is jointly sponsored by the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, and the Carey Business School. The forum is designed to bring together Johns Hopkins faculty, students and operational experts with policymakers to explore the development and implementation of health policy interventions. For more information, please contact jhmedia@jhmi.edu.

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