Coexisting with COVID-19: …No Really, Are We THERE Yet???

January 21, 2021 6:30 pm


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In this episode, we’ll catch up with some of UW’s top experts who will update us on relevant pandemic advances and discoveries that may help us discover there is, in fact, a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. Featuring Dr. Helen Chu and Dr. Vinay Gupta; moderated by Hanson Hosein.

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About the panel

Dr. Vinay Gupta

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Health Metrics Sciences, IHME, University of Washington

Vinay Gupta, MD, MPA, holds several roles in public health, including serving as an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Health Metrics Sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation of the University of Washington. A pulmonary and critical care medicine physician by training, Dr. Gupta has been caring for critically COVID-19 patients since the early days of the outbreak in Seattle. In his role as Senior Medical Officer of Amazon’s Global COVID response efforts, Dr. Gupta has been leading several clinical workstreams for the organization, including advising on how to scale-up testing and other workplace health procedures to ensure continued functioning of essential services. Additionally, he helped a cross-sectoral team stand up the Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network, the nation’s first effort to scale home-testing for COVID-19. His background in public health has focused on epidemic preparedness, with relevant roles at the US CDC’s Emerging Infections Program, the World Bank’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility, the China CDC, and the Pentagon’s Center for Global Health Engagement. Finally, Dr. Gupta is a deployable critical care physician for the US Air Force Medical Corps Reserves, frequent medical analyst for MSNBC and NBC News, and term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Helen Chu

Board Certified Physician, University of Washington Medicine

Dr. Helen Chu’s research is focused on emerging respiratory viral infections and maternal-fetal immunity against respiratory viruses. Her laboratory research is focused on the study of virologic and immunologic correlates of protection from respiratory viral infections in mothers and infants, conducts clinical trials of vaccine and therapeutic candidates, and performs large-scale community based surveillance studies of respiratory viruses.


About the moderator

Hanson Hosein

Co-Founder, UW Communication Leadership

Hanson Hosein is a trusted convener and education leader. He is the Co-Founder of the Communication Leadership master’s program at the University of Washington and the President of HRH Media Group LLC, a media production and communications strategy firm that has worked with organizations such as REI, Factal, Microsoft, Tableau Software, and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Hanson is presently intent on recalibrating the power dynamic between people and technology as Co-Principal of MIRA! — Mobilize Innovation, Reimagine Agency — a community-first approach to learning and innovation. He’s also developing new curriculum around emergent leadership for a variety of organizations.

Hanson’s work as an early practitioner of multimedia storytelling is documented in his “Storyteller Uprising” book: as an Emmy and Overseas Press Club award-winning journalist for NBC News, a solo TV war correspondent with MSNBC and CBC and as a documentary director whose “Independent America” films have been streamed and broadcast worldwide. While at the UW, Hanson has also been recognized as Seattle’s “Most Influential” as he engages publicly with the region’s leaders on-camera and on-stage. He’s the host of the university’s “Co-Existing with COVID-19” Public Lectures series, and leads conversations on misinformation in partnership with the UW Center for an Informed Public. Hanson has law degrees from McGill University and the University of Paris, and a master’s in journalism from Columbia University.

Watch Hanson’s TEDx talk “Why I drop the mic” and his Creative Mornings presentation on Creativity and Compassion.

About the Series

Moderated by Hanson Hosein

The Graduate School’s Office of Public Lectures, in partnership with faculty from Population Health, the Communications Leadership program within the Department of Communication, and many others, will host a weekly panel titled “Coexisting with COVID-19.”

Join moderator Hanson Hosein Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. for 30-minute livestream talks featuring 2-3 faculty from across the UW. The series is presented free of charge; advance registration required.

Want to catch up on an episode you missed? Visit our Coexisting with COVID-19 episode archive to watch previous installments.

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