Newswise — The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is launching the first in a series of press briefings at 2:30–3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 9. As many public health officials have noted, this is a very challenging week for COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S. There is a measure of hope that deaths in New York City may be reaching a peak, but many state and national officials are bracing for tough times ahead and are scrambling for supplies to save lives as disease models show a wide range of potential scenarios.  

Dr. Caitlin Rivers from the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will discuss the very latest insights about the COVID-19 pandemic, including the importance of using public health measures such as better surveillance, more testing, and continued social distancing to slow the spread and pave the way for reopening. Dr. Rivers recently co-authored a report with former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb: “National coronavirus response: A road map to reopening.”

She will be introduced by Dr. Kelly Henning, who leads the public health program at Bloomberg Philanthropies, which is supporting the COVID-19 Local Response Initiative and efforts in low- and middle-income countries. Dr. Henning is a medical doctor and epidemiologist trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and public health.

WHEN: Thursday, April 9, 2020, webcast live from 2:30–3 p.m. EDT

WHERE: via password-protected Zoom

RSVP: BY 6 P.M. EDT on Wednesday, April 8 to get Zoom link and password to Wanda Bautista at [email protected]

NOTE: Media are welcome to quote directly from the webcast. If you cannot tune in live, an archived link to the Zoom presentation can be provided after the webcast, upon request.


(Opening Comments) Lead, Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Health Program

  • Caitlin Rivers, PhD, MPH Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

To ask questions of the speakers:

  • Email questions to [email protected] by 10 a.m. EDT, Thursday, April 9
  • Use “chat” function during Zoom call—please include your name and outlet

Additional Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Coronavirus Resources

  • Our COVID-19 Experts Insights portal includes key resources and science-based information, including Public Health On Call* podcasts, critical Q&As with experts, important news articles and news releases on new COVID-19 research from Bloomberg School faculty. We also offer links to the Daily Situation Reports from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
  • *Our podcast “Public Health on Call,” hosted by Bloomberg School Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement Josh Sharfstein, MD, is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube (including captions), and Libsyn

You can also find more from Johns Hopkins University at the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security works to protect people from epidemics and disasters and build resilient communities through innovative scholarship, engagement, and research that strengthens the organizations, systems, policies, and programs essential to preventing and responding to public health crises. The Center is part of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is located in Baltimore, Maryland.

Bloomberg Philanthropies launched the COVID-19 Local Response Initiative in March 2020 to help cities combat the devastating impact of coronavirus on the well-being of residents and local economies. Working with public health experts from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and additional researchers and clinicians from across Johns Hopkins University, the network is providing mayors with the most up-to-date information on the virus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and helping them understand how to act on it quickly, efficiently, and reliably for the benefit of their citizens.


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