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Policy vs. Pandemics: Polarization and Public Health Emergency Preparedness

March 26, 2020

George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government Biodefense, MPP and MPA Programs will co-host a no-fee webinar event, “Policy vs. Pandemics: Polarization and Public Health Emergency Preparedness” on March 26, 2020 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm Eastern.

The sweeping effects of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic on the social, economic, and political framework of the United States highlights the vital importance of a resilient public health infrastructure. In the aftermath of this unprecedented pandemic, the United States will need to reconsider its approach to biosurveillance, public health emergency preparedness, intergovernmental coordination, and the development of countermeasures in advance of the next health crisis. In the past, such efforts have been hindered by partisan polarization between Republicans and Democrats, even as some crucial public health emergency policy was only made possible through bipartisan cooperation. While considering lessons from the past, this discussion will address bipartisan efforts to move forward on approaches to protect the American people in the future, such as the implementation of the National Biodefense Strategy.

Dr. Nathan Myers is an associate professor of political science and public administration at Indiana State University. His research interests include public health policy, U.S. executive branch politics and administration, emergency planning and preparedness, and regulation of biotechnology. He is the author of Pandemics and Polarization: Implications of Partisan Budgeting for Responding to Public Health Emergencies (Lexington Books, 2019).

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this event will be held as a live webinar instead of an in-person talk. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra works best with Google Chrome and does not work with Internet Explorer. Participants will be able to use the “Raise Hand” function in Blackboard Collaborate to ask questions at the end of Dr. Myer’s prepared remarks.

Everyone who registers for the webinar will receive a 30% discount on his book.

This webinar will be recorded and the video will be posted to the YouTube channels for The Pandora Report and the Schar School of Policy and Government .

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March 26, 2020
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