The Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth and NDSU Public Health are scheduled to host a virtual panel discussion to explore health and economic questions related to the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. on Zoom.
The event, titled “How does a society reclaim human flourishing when faced with a pandemic?” features a panel of noted experts who will address the economic, health and social costs of the pandemic and the difficulties policymakers face in balancing these concerns. The panel will discuss the types of policies that are likely to accelerate the return to a society that is physically and mentally healthy, where economic opportunities are growing and where there is a greater sense of community.
The event is free to attend and open to the public, but registration is required.
Panelists will include:
• Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington
• Lynn Blewett, professor of health policy management at the University of Minnesota
• Stefanie Haeffle, senior research fellow with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
The discussion will be moderated by John Bitzan, director of the Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth, and Pamela Jo Johnson, chair of NDSU Public Health.
“Public health has been at the forefront of addressing issues related to protecting our country’s health in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the virus is not the only threat to population health during this time,” Johnson said. “Social and economic consequences of the shutdown and the resulting health inequities are also public health crises that must simultaneously be addressed.”
“I’m really looking forward to this joint event,” said Bitzan. “This is an excellent opportunity for our students and community to hear from a panel of interdisciplinary experts addressing an issue that is important to everyone.”
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