The Washington State China Relations Council and the World Affairs Council collaborated to present a panel of experts addressing the topic of “A Rapid Response to the Coronavirus and Global Health Emergencies” on February 13th. The event, held at the offices of Dorsey and Whitney LLP featured the following panelists:
Dr. Anne Marie Kimball – a strategic advisor for the Rockefeller Foundation and professor emeritus at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Gabrielle Fitzgerald – the founder and CEO of Panorama. Gabrielle formerly directed the Allen Foundation’s Ebola Program.
Dennis Worsham – the Prevention Division Director for Public Health for King County coordinates all aspects of infectious disease programs public health laboratory services, vital records and medical examiner’s office.
Jeff Hall (moderator) – Jeff is a Deputy Director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where he overseas Strategy, Planning and Management for the foundation’s advocacy efforts in North America. Jeff will soon be relocating to Beijing to work with Gates Foundation programs in China.
The panelists presented their perspectives on a wider number of issues related to the coronavirus from the technical aspects of the virus to descriptions of how King County is organized to deal with a potential epidemic.