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Keynote Series

K001 VACCINES ON THE HORIZON: IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE AND POLICY

keynote-feemster-headshot.jpgFeaturing Keynote Speaker: Kristen Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHP

Kristen A. Feemster, MD MPH MSHP is a board-certified pediatric infectious diseases physician, health services researcher and public health practitioner. She received a B.S. in Environmental Biology at Yale University and an M.D. / M.P.H. at Columbia University before moving to Philadelphia for residency and fellowship training at CHOP and the and University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She joined the faculty at Penn in 2010 in the Division of Infectious Diseases. After several years as an academic physician, she transitioned to a full time public health role as Medical Director of the Immunization Program and Acute Communicable Diseases at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health until June 2020. She is now a Global Director, Medical Affairs for pneumococcal vaccines at Merck Research Laboratories, Merck & Co., Inc.

Kristen’s research interests have included vaccine policy and the epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases both domestically and internationally. She has maintained an academic appointment as an adjunct associate professor of pediatrics at Penn and has been active in the Vaccine Education Center as the Director of Research, PolicyLab and the global health fellowship program at CHOP. Kristen resides in Philadelphia with her husband, James, and two children.

K002 BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO RESEARCH AND PRACTICE WITH SEX AND GENDER SCIENCE

keynote-tannenbaum-headshot.jpgFeaturing Keynote Speaker: Cara Tannenbaum, MDCM, MSc

Dr. Cara Tannenbaum obtained her medical, specialist and research degrees at McGill University, with fellowships in women’s health at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and at UCSD. She is a Full Professor in the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Université de Montréal. In 2015 she was appointed Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). With over 150 career publications, she has delivered over 300 conference presentations and media interviews on how sex and gender improve science and practice. Dr. Tannenbaum holds a number of distinguished awards including the May Cohen Gender Equity Award from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, a YMCA Woman of Distinction Award for Medicine, a Trailblazer Award from the Canadian Science Policy Conference, the Purvis Memorial Award for Ideation from the Society of Chemical Industry and a Knowledge Translation Award from the CIHR.

K003 CRISIS COMMUNICATION IN A RESPIRATORY PANDEMIC: THE COMPLICATED INTERSECTION OF MEDIA, DATA, AND POLITICS

keynote-gupta-headshot.jpgFeaturing Keynote Speaker: Vinay Gupta, MD, MPA, MSt

Vin Gupta, MD, MPA, MSt is a Critical Care Pulmonologist and Affiliate Faculty at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, part of the University of Washington School of Medicine. He’s also currently Chief Medical Officer of COVID-19 Response for Amazon.com, Inc and served as a health advisor on the Biden-Harris Transition’s COVID-19 Response team. His background in public health has focused on epidemic preparedness, with relevant roles at the US CDC’s Emerging Infections Program, the World Bank’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility, the China CDC, and the Pentagon’s Center for Global Health Engagement. Finally, Dr. Gupta is a deployable physician for the US Air Force Medical Corps Reserves, where he is holds the rank of Major and is Officer-in-Charge of Joint-Base Lewis McChord’s Critical Care Air Transport Team. He is a medical analyst for MSNBC and NBC News, member of the health policy committee for the American Thoracic Society, and term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. @VinGuptaMD

K004 THE CLIMATE GAP: CONNECTING EQUITY AND SUSTAINABILITY TO ADVANCE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

keynote-morello-frosch-headshot.jpgFeaturing Keynote Speaker: Rachel Morello-Frosch, PhD, MPH

Rachel Morello-Frosch is Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. As an environmental health scientist and epidemiologist, her research examines social determinants of environmental health among diverse communities with a focus on inequality, psychosocial stress and how these factors interact with environmental chemical exposures to produce health inequalities. Her research explores this environmental justice question in the context of exposures to environmental chemicals, ambient air pollution, drinking water contaminants, climate change, and effects on women’s health, perinatal outcomes, and developmental outcomes in children. She uses conventional epidemiological and exposure assessment methods, as well as community-based participatory research approaches in her research. Morello-Frosch has also collaborated with communities and scientists to develop science-policy tools to assess cumulative impacts of chemical and non-chemical stressors to improve regulatory decision-making and advance environmental justice.