As concerns of infection increase, and per the social distancing recommendations from the California Department of Public Health, the Howell Foundation’s trademark luncheon will go online — Lessons learned about COVID-19 — to replace our usual in-person luncheon. Sadly, we know that the fast spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 continues to reach unimaginable heights. So has the misinformation and pseudoscience surrounding it. The timing for reliable, science-based information couldn’t have come soon enough!
Joining us for this webinar is guest speaker Nancy Binkin, MD, MPH, renowned virologist and Professor of Practice at UCSD. Once you register, you will have the opportunity to send in the most pressing question you have and hear directly from one of the most experienced and trustworthy epidemiologists world wide.
The webinar “Lessons learned about Covid 19” will include a basic description of the characteristics of the virus and how it is spread, how it differs from seasonal flu and from other coronaviruses, and the current situation in terms of number of cases, where they are occurring, and who appears to be most at risk of symptomatic disease and death.
It will also cover issues of infectivity and the relationship between susceptible, infected, and recovered persons, issues in case definition, the potential importance of asymptomatic cases, and the difficulties in accurately estimating death rates. Finally, it will present some of the leading preventive measures and the evidence of their effectiveness.
Don’t forget to register for our webinar by May 10! Once you register, you will have the opportunity to send in the most pressing question you have and hear directly from one of the most experienced and trustworthy epidemiologists world wide.
About our Speaker:
Dr. Binkin has a longstanding interest and experience in global health. She worked for 20 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and subsequently as chief of the policy and evidence unit in the Health Section of UNICEF.
She worked in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America on a range of topics but focusing on maternal and child health (MCH). She also worked for 12 years with the Italian National Institute of Health, where she ran an epidemiology training program and led the establishment of the Italian Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (PASSI) and played a major role in establishing the national childhood nutrition survey (OKKIO alla salute) and served as the liaison to a variety of European training initiatives.
She currently serves as a consultant for the USAID-sponsored Translating Research into Action (TRAction) project, where she is the lead technical advisor for a series of projects designed to improve equity in MCH services, and for TEPHINET, the international network of epidemiology training programs.
About the Howell Foundation:
The Howell Foundation advances women’s health by funding undergraduate and graduate research scholarships, awarding grants to scientists who conduct research benefiting under represented women in the community, and supporting outreach efforts and events that promote health education and self-advocacy for the long-term health and well-being of women, their families and the community in which they live.