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The Contagion Next Time: A Book Discussion

Event Date:

November 2, 2021 | 6:00 PM EDT TO 7:00 PM EDT


1615 L Street, NW

Washington D.C., 20036


Join science journalist Lisa Palmer and Sandro Galea, dean at the Boston University School of Public Health, for an in-person conversation focused on Galea’s forthcoming book, The Contagion Next Time, on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at 6pm EDT. Opening remarks will be given by Laura Magaña, president and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).

The Contagion Next Time details a health care reckoning for the United States and outlines public health measures that should be prioritized in order to combat the next pandemic.

Galea’s book explores two key issues: One is dismantling the structural inequality that exists in health care, and why addressing that issue can create a healthier nation. The second is improving and strengthening access to medical care, and redefining what healthy means. Galea and Palmer will touch on a few of these topics in their conversation.

Galea, an epidemiologist, is the dean at the Boston University School of Public Health. His most recent book, Pained, written alongside physician Michael Stein, looks extensively at problems with public health in America. Galea’s work has a significant presence in the epidemiology community with his research published in 800 scientific journals.

Magaña is president and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. Prior to joining ASPPH, Magaña was dean at Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Palmer is a science journalist, author, and the National Geographic Professor of Science Communication at George Washington University. She is the senior editor and education lead at Planet Forward, GW's innovative media platform on sustainability. Her reporting has appeared in such publications as Nature, The Guardian, and The New York Times. She is the author of Hot, Hungry Planet and a Pulitzer Center grantee.

The event will be held in person on a rooftop patio at 1615 L Street NW in Washington, D.C., weather permitting. There also will be the option to attend virtually. Proof of vaccination will be required to attend the in-person event, and masking is required in the building.

This program is organized by the Boston University School of Public Health and co-hosted with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and the Pulitzer Center. Boston University is part of the Pulitzer Center's Campus Consortium network.

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