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Webinar Panel on the Role of the WHO and the Risks of US Withdrawal

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On July 7, the Trump administration submitted formal notice of its intent to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organization. This decision was made in the midst of the largest public health crisis in over a century, a time of critical need for a global governing body to coordinate all stakeholders around a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this panel, experts will present the important role of the WHO in providing global health governance and in supporting low-and-middle income countries, as well as discuss the risks and ramifications of this decision.

Friday July 24, 2020 | 9:30am PST / 12:30pm EST

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Selected speakers, moderators and panelists.

Moderated by: Dr. Michele Barry

Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health, Senior Associate Dean for Global Health, Stanford University

Moderated by: Dr. Michele Barry

Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health, Senior Associate Dean for Global Health, Stanford University

Michele Barry, the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Professor of Medicine and Tropical Diseases, was elected to lead the Board of Directors for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) in 2019. The founder of the Stanford/Yale Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars Program, she has sent more than 1,000 physicians overseas to underserved areas. A past president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), Dr. Barry is also an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. A passionate clinician and scholar, she has sent hundreds of students around the world to create innovative global health program.

Dr. Barry’s scholarly interests include tropical medicine, global health ethics, and the impact of climate change on megacities. She served on the Obama Women’s Health subcommittee; is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and sits on its global health board. Dr. Barry is a recipient of both the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal for outstanding contributions to women in the field of medicine and the Ben Kean Medal for dedication to clinical tropical medicine and impact on the training of students, fellows, and practitioners.

Dr. Jennifer Kates

Senior Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Dr. Jennifer Kates

Senior Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Dr. Jen Kates is Senior Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, where she oversees KFF’s policy analysis and research focused on the U.S. government’s role in global health and on the global and domestic HIV epidemics. Widely regarded as an expert in the field, she regularly publishes and presents on global health and HIV policy issues and is particularly known for her work analyzing donor government investments in global health; assessing and mapping the U.S. government’s global health architecture, programs, and funding; and tracking and analyzing major U.S. HIV programs and financing, and key trends in the HIV epidemic, an area she has been working in for close to thirty years. Prior to joining KFF in 1998, Dr. Kates was a Senior Associate with The Lewin Group, a health care consulting firm, where she focused on HIV policy, strategic planning/health systems analysis, and health care for vulnerable populations. Among other prior positions, she directed the Office of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns at Princeton University.

Dr. Kates serves on numerous federal and private sector advisory committees on global health and HIV issues, and is currently a member of PEPFAR’s Scientific Advisory Board, the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council, and the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHACHSPT).  In addition, she serves as an Alternate Board Member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and is on the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society.

Dr. Kates received her Ph.D. in Health Policy from George Washington University, where she is also a lecturer. She is also a lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts.

Loyce Pace

President & Executive Director, Global Health Council

Loyce Pace

President & Executive Director, Global Health Council

Loyce Pace, a leader who has worked on the ground in more than 15 countries delivering health programs and mobilizing advocates, has served as Global Health Council’s (GHC) President and Executive Director since December 2016. Loyce comes to the role having held leadership positions in global policy and strategic partnerships at LIVESTRONG Foundation and American Cancer Society. Additionally, she has worked with Physicians for Human Rights and Catholic Relief Services.

Over the course of her career, Loyce has championed policies for access to essential medicines, testified for congressional global health appropriations, and elevated the voices of people at the community level around various shared advocacy goals. She has been recognized by the Union for International Cancer Control as a Young Leader at their World Cancer Summit and has been an expert advisor in high-level forums hosted by World Health Organization, U.S. National Academy of Medicine, and other policymaking bodies. She is a highly sought after public speaker and frequently quoted in media regarding global health trends.

Loyce holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she was inducted into the Delta Omega Society. She is a current member of the InterAction and United Nations Association board of directors, and a past member of Phillips Academy (Andover) Alumni Council. She speaks several languages, including Spanish as well as some French and Japanese, and has lived in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Dr. Stephen J. Stedman

Deputy Director, Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law & Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University

Dr. Stephen J. Stedman

Deputy Director, Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law & Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University

Stephen Stedman is a Freeman Spogli senior fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and FSI, an affiliated faculty member at CISAC, and professor of political science (by courtesy) at Stanford University.

In 2011-12 Professor Stedman served as the Director for the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy, and Security, a body of eminent persons tasked with developing recommendations on promoting and protecting the integrity of elections and international electoral assistance. The Commission is a joint project of the Kofi Annan Foundation and International IDEA, an intergovernmental organization that works on international democracy and electoral assistance. In 2003-04 Professor Stedman was Research Director of the United Nations High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change and was a principal drafter of the Panel’s report, A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility. In 2005 he served as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the Secretary- General of the United Nations, with responsibility for working with governments to adopt the Panel’s recommendations for strengthening collective security and for implementing changes within the United Nations Secretariat, including the creation of a Peacebuilding Support Office, a Counter Terrorism Task Force, and a Policy Committee to act as a cabinet to the Secretary-General.  His most recent book, with Bruce Jones and Carlos Pascual, is Power and Responsibility: Creating International Order in an Era of Transnational Threats (Washington DC: Brookings Institution, 2009).