America's painful lessons from COVID-19 – A way forward for public health with Dr. Georges C. Benjamin

Webinar //


May 17 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM MST


"It's been a year like no other in recent history," APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD.

During this free University of Calgary O'Brien Institute of Public Health event, Benjamin will reflect on the 2001 anthrax attacks and subsequent pandemic near-misses, as part of his high-level and long-term view on the "lessons to be learned" from the COVID-19 pandemic. He will discuss how APHA convened international expertise to guide the public health response to COVID-19 for practitioners and decisionmakers and worked tirelessly to share science-based information with the public. 

Benjamin's insights will include an analysis of:

  • government disinvestment in pandemic preparedness;
  • politicization of pandemic responses;
  • public health correlates of distrust in leadership;
  • do's and don'ts of risk communications; and
  • pandemic-highlighted structural problems that have laid bare failures of jurisdictional coordination and inequities.

Benjamin will also explain why this is the moment to build the sustainable and well-funded public health systems that all communities deserve.

Questions? Contact Liz Lai.