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Silas Lecture

Originally delivered Sep 23, 2020
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The Silas Lecture is funded by a grant from the Philips Petroleum Foundation and honors CJ "Pete" Silas, a GA Tech alum and former Philips Petroleum presdient. The series fouces on techical and business decisions that have ethical ramifications. This years speakers were Harry Heiman and Jodie Guest.

Leadership at the Time of a Global Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed gaps in the US healthcare and public health systems and also laid bare the profound health inequities experienced by socially disadvantaged communities and populations.  Both COVID-19 and the resulting social and financial crises have disproportionately impacted the same racial and ethnic minority communities in predictable ways, based on longstanding social and economic disadvantage. Dr. Harry Heiman, a family physician and public health expert, will assess the current challenges and opportunities for political and public health leadership as well as our society more broadly as we address this unprecedented global pandemic.

Public health leadership and communication in a time of two pandemics

The US is currently dealing with two pandemics, COVID-19 and racism. One is new and one is generations old but both are public health crises. The effects of the two pandemics are inextricably linked as COVID-19 disproportionately affects minority populations in the US.  Black and Latino communities are suffering higher rates of disease, hospitalization and death related to the virus. Dr. Jodie Guest is an infectious disease epidemiologist and professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.  She will discuss communicating public health messages during this time of crisis.


Jodie L. Guest

Dr. Jodie Guest is a Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Rollins School of Public Health and at the School of Medicine, Emory University.  She has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards at Emory, most recently the 2020 Rollins School of Public Health Professor of the Year, 2020 Teaching Excellence Award from the Department of Epidemiology and the Emory School of Medicine Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award.  Dr. Guest has a broad background in epidemiology and specific expertise in HIV...Read more

Harry J Heiman

Harry J Heiman is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University (GSU) where he also directs the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) applied public health doctorate program. Prior to joining GSU, he served as Director of the Division of Health Policy at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine, where he was also Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of...Read more

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