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On Friday, April 29, Johns Hopkins University will host a virtual discussion with public health leader Atul Gawande as part of the university’s Health Policy Forum.

Gawande is a surgeon, writer, and assistant administrator of the Bureau for Global Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development. 

The conversation, held by Ellen J. MacKenzie, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will cover COVID-19, global vaccination efforts, preparing for future public health threats, the importance of trust in public health information, and Gawande’s career at USAID.

“Dr. Gawande has exceptional experience when it comes to public health and policy,” MacKenzie said in a statement, “We are excited to hear his perspective on how to address our most pressing health challenges, nationally and globally, as well as his insight on how to regain the public’s trust in science.”

The university’s Health Policy Forum began in fall 2020, and has included guests such as Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Registration is required for the free event.