Building the CDC that America needs

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Building the CDC that America needs

Tom Inglesby, J. Stephen Morrison, Anne Zink, Margaret Foster Riley (moderator)

Friday, January 27, 2023
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EST)
Event Details

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed significant weaknesses in U.S. global health security policy and infrastructure, leading to crises on several fronts. The Miller Center’s new Health Care Policy Project joins Stephen Morrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)—also the Miller Center’s James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor—along with Tom Inglesby and Anne Zink for a timely and important conversation about what lies ahead for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In January 2023, the CSIS’s Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security released a compelling report, Building the CDC the Country Needs, which examines why the CDC is essential to protecting the health of Americans and highlights the peril the agency currently faces. Three years into the pandemic, what is the way forward to improve the CDC’s performance and restore the trust and confidence of the American people?

Friday, January 27, 2023
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EST)
The Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Tom Inglesby

Tom Inglesby is the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is also a professor with a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Inglesby's work is internationally recognized in the fields of public health preparedness, pandemic and emerging infectious disease, and prevention of and response to biological threats. He was chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Center for Preparedness and Response at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2010 to 2019. He has served as advisor to US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), US Department of Defense, and US Department of Homeland Security on preparedness and response issues and has testified before Congress on many occasions.

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J. Stephen Morrison

J. Stephen Morrison, the Miller Center’s James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor, is a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C. He founded and directs CSIS’s Global Health Policy Center, which concentrates on the geopolitical and national security dimensions of U.S. leadership in international health, with an emphasis on bipartisanship and multilateral institutions, partnerships with private industry, foundations, advocates, and the faith community. Morrison has spearheaded work that shapes decisions in Congress and the administration on HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, reproductive health, gender equity, immunizations, and health security, including pandemic preparedness, acceleration of technological innovations, and coping with anti-science and a polluted digital world.

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Anne Zink

Anne Zink, MD, FACEP, is the chief medical officer for the state of Alaska. She is a medical epidemiologist, a pediatrician, and a graduate of the CDC EIS fellowship. Before moving to Alaska, she worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for almost 25 years, serving as the Medical Director of the Reportable Disease Data, Informatics and Analysis Unit, within the Bureau of Communicable Disease. She has led surveillance and epidemiologic data management for routine communicable diseases and many large public health emergencies, including Ebola, the 2015 Legionella outbreak in the South Bronx, Zika, and most recently, COVID-19.

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Margaret Foster Riley (moderator)

Margaret Foster Riley, the Dorothy Danforth Compton Professor at the Miller Center, is professor of law at the University of Virginia’s School of Law, professor of public health sciences at the UVA School of Medicine, and professor of public policy at the University’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. She also directs the Animal Law Program at the law school. Riley has advised numerous state and federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Department of Defense; committees of the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine; the Virginia Department of Health; and the Virginia Bar.