COVID-19

Innovations in Healthcare Responds

Innovations in Healthcare is committed to supporting innovators and our broader community to address the COVID-19 global pandemic. We will continue to update this site to highlight the efforts our network innovators are taking to prepare and respond to the pandemic, and the work that we are supporting directly to curate and scale promising innovations.

 

 

SWAP

April 2 

For 14 years the Safe Water and AIDS Project (SWAP) has supported healthcare professionals in western Kenya. SWAP works with the nation’s COVID-19 rapid response teams to stall the spread and mitigate the impact of the virus, partly by reaching out to remote public health facilities with hand-washing stations, soap, masks, and hygiene promotion. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly spreads in Kenya, it reaches facilities that are ill-equipped and remote. Erratic weather has flooded some areas, and health workers often lack training and protective and prophylactic supplies. A chronic shortage of essential supplies incurs a high risk of hospital-acquired infections. 

Emergencies such as flood and cholera, unrelated to COVID-19, are being addressed in support of the larger anti-viral mission. SWAP’s teams are providing additional supplies and training on hygiene promotion and social behavioral change as preventive measures for COVID-19 in order to prevent hospital-acquired infections. Hand washing and social distancing are becoming more routine, and long-term supplies such as hand-washing stations will serve these communities for years to come.

http://www.swapkenya.org/

 


  

GetWellNetwork

April 1

IiH innovator GetWellNetwork has responded to COVID-19 developments by constructing a Readiness Center on its website to help medical facilities, patients and families better navigate uncertain times with existing and newly developed digital tools. In addition to tools, the new web pages offer solutions to scaling information sharing, guiding patients and easing the burden for care teams.

Other resources include a webinar (View the webinar) with experts from LifeBridge Health, The George Washington University School of Nursing, and the GetWellNetwork discussing best practices for communicating with patients during this stressful time and how to implement new, complementary COVID-19 management tools. Other resources include Fact sheets about digital solutions that can aid medical facilities by supporting care teams while also engaging patients at home or any care setting.

The GetWell Inpatient™ Learn about Coronavirus online program gives practical advice and provides links to up-to-date patient information from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

 

For information, go to: https://www.getwellnetwork.com/


 

Wellthy Therapeutics

April 1

IiH innovator Wellthy Therapeutics, a pioneer in the digital therapeutics space, was founded in India with a goal to transform chronic disease management with behavioral interventions. The organization has conducted many studies over the years on the impact of lifestyle and habits on poorly managed chronic health conditions. In response to COVID-19, Wellthy is cautioning individuals that chronic health conditions can also increase the risk of coronavirus. The organization has launched a blog devoted to some of these health conditions and the importance of taking precautions. For information, go to: https://wellthytherapeutics.com/. Or, click on these links to read or to download these guides:

·         COVID-19 Social Distancing Guide for People with Diabetes and Hypertension

·         Cardiac Complications & COVID-19

·         COVID-19: Should People With Hypertension Worry?

·         Diabetes in the Times of COVID-19

 


 

Biofourmis

April 1

iH innovator Biofourmis, a global leader in digital therapeutics, has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by leveraging its technology in a remote monitoring and disease surveillance program in Hong Kong involving patients with diagnosed or suspected novel coronavirus. The program—administered by The University of Hong Kong—also includes Hong Kong-based Harmony Medical Inc., which is Biofourmis' joint venture partner for the China region.

Diagnosed and potentially COVID-19-infected patients are being monitored with Biofourmis' Biovitals® Sentinel platform, a turn-key solution that the company built in less than two weeks specifically for this initiative by customizing its industry-leading, FDA-cleared artificial intelligence-powered Biovitals® Analytics platform. Biovitals® Sentinel's 24/7 remote monitoring technology and analytics. "The goal of this program is to leverage Biovitals® Sentinel to remotely monitor patients and identify COVID-19-related physiological biomarkers that indicate deterioration in patients," said David Chung Wah Siu, MD, Department of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong. "We hope our combined efforts also will rapidly lead to a better epidemiological understanding of COVID-19 so we can improve the outcomes of our citizens—as well as the global community—as more people become infected."

 

Patients with COVID-19 deterioration commonly exhibit symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, all of which can be closely monitored through related physiological parameters via Biofourmis' cutting-edge, clinical-grade biosensor Everion®, which is worn on the arms of quarantined patients at home or in clinical settings. Everion® can be comfortably worn 24 hours a day for several days and has much higher-than-average patient satisfaction and adherence rates. AI-powered Biovitals® Analytics will derive more than 20 physiological signals from the sensor data, including temperature, heart rate, blood pulse wave, heart rate variability, respiration rate, inter-beat-interval and others. These signals are then fed through advanced AI and machine-learning techniques to flag key physiological changes that could indicate disease progression.

The Biovitals® Sentinel solution also includes a smartphone app to collect qualitative data reported by patients as they respond to AI-generated "smart nuggets."  Treating physicians, through the Biovitals® Sentinel clinician-facing web dashboard, will observe and be alerted to any significant physiological changes and adverse events so they can intervene when necessary.

"The sooner these biomarkers associated with COVID-19 deterioration are identified, the sooner healthcare providers can intervene and prevent a serious medical issue," said Kuldeep Singh Rajput, CEO of Biofourmis. "We currently know the common symptoms, but we are still learning how this strain of the coronavirus affects the body. This program will be a key step in achieving this important goal. When a pandemic such as COVID-19 spreads and so much is unknown, every second counts."

Dr. Raymond Tong, CEO of Harmony Medical Inc., Biofourmis' joint venture partner for the China region, added: "With this special partnership with The University of Hong Kong and its leading experts in the field, we are tackling the coronavirus in a rapid and an unprecedented fashion, which could potentially save lives." Biofourmis is in conversations with government agencies and other potential partners about applying its technology to help even more patients and to learn more about COVID-19 so that it can be treated more effectively. "The Biovitals® Sentinel solution is scalable and ready to be deployed in any country or region that wants to engage in similar disease monitoring or for patient care delivery," Rajput said. "We look forward to helping any other academic medical centers, government agencies or other entities that would be interested in a similar partnership."

For information, visit: www.biofourmis.com 

 


 

LifeNet International

March 31

Vulnerable and underserved people in sub-Saharan Africa face some of the harshest healthcare realities in the world. Poor-quality healthcare services contribute to low life expectancy; high rates of maternal, child and infant mortality; and widespread death and disease. In times of pandemic, these negative outcomes grow exponentially. It is expected that COVID-19 will sicken and kill a devastating number of individuals in sub-Saharan Africa.

In response, IiH innovagtor LifeNet International is dedicated to saving and improving lives in the region by providing care at local, faith-based facilities where the most underserved patients often go for help. With a focus on vulnerable populations, including women and children, we ensure health workers have the knowledge and tools they need to effectively diagnose, treat, and save lives with compassion and confidence.

LifeNet International is uniquely positioned at this moment to have an immediate and lasting impact on healthcare facilities that will very soon be treating thousands of COVID-19 patients.

The organization's network of 220 faith-based health facilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Malawi, and Uganda sees more than 2.5 million patient visits a year in a catchment area of nearly 5 million. On average, LifeNet’s training and support doubles the quality of care provided at these facilities at a programming cost of just $1 per patient visit. The organization does this by training health workers and facility managers in best practices and by ensuring good access to and management of medicines and equipment.

As COVID-19 is poised to devastate Africa in the coming weeks and months, LifeNet is ready to save lives by training, equipping, and supporting frontline healthcare workers in these 220 healthcare facilities to safely and efficiently provide high-quality medical care to all patients that arrive at their doors with COVID-19 symptoms. LifeNet’s experience in Ebola readiness in the region, years of effective infection prevention training, and expertise in health worker education primes the organization for a quick and comprehensive response to COVID-19.

Workers are currently:

  • Training staff on COVID-19 infection prevention, diagnosis, and proper treatment
  • Strengthening every health facility’s infection prevention controls
  • Providing handwashing stations
  • Supporting community education on COVID-19

https://www.lninternational.org/what-we-do/covid-19-pandemic/

 


 

$14.5 Billion in COVID19 Relief Funds

Available to Entrepreneurs

March 31

Some sources have deadlines coming up

The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business (@CASEatDuke) has launched a website, #COVID19CapitalRelief, to provide a searchable database of grants, loans and other cash equivalents that can help entrepreneurs, nonprofits and businesses anywhere in the world. Relief resources are listed at global, national and regional levels.

There is more than $14.5 billion already available in funds dedicated to COVID19 relief—ranging from $2,500 grants to a total of $14 billion in loan funds earmarked by the World Bank and the IFC.

  • Many of the resources are governmental. The federal relief bill in Congress has gotten a lot of press, but states and cities have sprung into action as well. There are so many new programs that @CASEatDuke lists other organizations’ lists and will continue to update those lists. One site recommended for comprehensive state-level resources is "Gusto."
  • Corporations are acting fast as well, but few have dedicated significant funds to entrepreneurs. Take a look at the list, Just Capital, that includes those that do.
  • Foundations are extremely active as new collaboratives, especially for grants with flexible terms.
  • National-level data is heavy on U.S. and U.K. resources. Information on programs specific to countries in Asia, Africa and the rest of Europe is needed. Send suggestions to: https://bit.ly/SuggestCOVID19Relief.  

 


 

Bodhi Health Education 

March 27

IiH innovator Bodhi Health Education is joining the fight against COVID-19 and has this message for all of us. These are unprecedented times for our frontline teams when healthcare facilities are turning into battlegrounds. Talk2Support guide can help in having supportive conversations while managing stress and burn-out. Take a moment to be there for each other.

MUSO 

March 27 

IiH innovator Muso joins a growing global movement of providers, policymakers, and citizens working to stop the spread of COVID-19. For our patients in Mali and for patients around the world, we bear witness to the violence of delay. Outbreaks feed on delay. Delays in testing, delays in care, delays in supported isolation—these delays have fueled the rapid spread of COVID-19 around the globe. At Muso, we’re taking action to: 

* Support and accompany our government partners to accelerate case detection, care, and supported isolation

* Continue rapid access to healthcare for everyone we serve

* Protect our health workers as they serve bravely on the frontlines 

This week, Mali confirmed its first cases of COVID-19. At the request of our government partners, we have developed protocols, tools, and curriculum for frontline providers and contact monitors, building from evidence-based best practices and global recommendations. We have also modified and built on our own treatment protocols to protect providers and patients. We’ve conducted key trainings with our own Community Health Workers, CHW Supervisors and staff, and are rolling out further trainings with our government partners at the clinic and hospital levels. We will be surging our training, technical assistance, support, and care in the days ahead. Our focus will remain on what we know how to do best: to reach patients who need care with exceptional speed. We are also honored to rally with the Community Health Impact Coalition for global investments where they are most needed to protect the most vulnerable patients.

If you have ideas or questions, please reach out to us at info@musohealth.org, and look for updates at www.musohealth.org.


 

Swasth Foundation 

March 27

IiH innovator Swasth Foundation is answering the call to combat COVID-19 by circulating verified information via messages, calls, and other social media tools to residents of Mumbai's urban slums. Founded in 2009, Swasth is a non-profit social enterprise committed to improving the well-being of the poor by providing a range of affordable and high-quality primary-preventive health services. 

In the current atmosphere of anxiety and chaos caused by misinformation, Swasth is looking for volunteers to call patients and talk with them about their doubts and experiences with the aim of supplying information and understanding what support they need. If you would like to contribute your time and effort towards this cause, go through the basic requirements and register on the link below. The Swasth team will reach out with further details.

Basic Requirements

  • Local language proficiency, speaking and listening, in Hindi or Marathi
  • Good communication and deep listening skills
  • Smart Phone, laptop, or PC
  • Zoom video conference on your phone or laptop for initial training
  • Basic Microsoft Excel skills
  • Minimum time commitment of two hours per day
  • Willingness to undergo a two-hour training

JOIN NOW

For information, please contact us at +91 9953853166 or ojas@swasth.org.


 

THINKMD

March 27

As COVID-19 shutters our workplaces and brings travel to a standstill, our global health innovators are springing into action and answering the call for novel healthcare inventions to fight the novel virus. Among them is THINKMD, which has created a digital home screening and educational app that allows an individual with access to a smartphone to access a questionnaire to determine whether he or she should be tested for COVID-19. The app also provides education about the virus.

“The goal of this tool is to give providers a personal COVID-19 triage and pandemic educational tool in order to decrease the burden on healthcare delivery systems and to increase healthcare capacity where it is most limited,” according to Kim Brearley, Chief Financial Officer for THINKMD. “It acquires critical time-specific population health and epidemiology data for disease surveillance analysis. This data provides health ministries and international health agencies with information essential in developing and monitoring response strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to maximize appropriate testing and healthcare delivery.” 

THINKMD is the brainchild of University of Vermont pediatricians, Drs. Barry Finette and Barry Heath. Founded in 2014 to eliminate preventable death in children worldwide, the organization developed a telemedicine diagnostic tool to put advanced clinical information in the hands of healthcare providers. The MEDSINC app is available in seven countries and eight languages. 

For information about and access to THINKMD’s free COVID-19 Screening & Education Tool, go to: https://thinkmd.org/covid-19/. For questions and information about the organization, go to: kbrearley@thinkmd.org.

 


 

Dimagi

March 27

IiH innovator Dimagi, Inc. has responded to the crisis by offering its support to governmental and non-governmental initiatives around the world. Dimagi is a digital health innovator headquartered in the United States with offices in New Delhi, India and Cape Town, South Africa. The company’s flagship product, CommCare, is an award-winning, open-source mobile data collection and service delivery platform.

"During the 2014-2015 Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa, Dimagi supported several organizations to deploy mobile applications on CommCare for numerous use cases," CEO Jonathan Jackson shared. "Through this experience, we saw a direct demonstration of the value of digital tools that can be rapidly deployed in offline settings." A 2018 study that reviewed 58 mobile health technologies used during the outbreak found that only two tools, including CommCare, supported all seven technical characteristics and the four key functionalities relevant to Ebola outbreak response.

When COVID-19 was deemed a global pandemic by the WHO, Dimagi took what it learned from Ebola and began to offer pro bono subscriptions for projects that required mobile applications for COVID-19 response. Through the support of generous funders, Dimagi has also quickly stood up free resources for organizations, including developing a free mobile applications that help with different phases of the response effort. They were able to launch their first template application based on the World Health Organization’s FFX protocol for case reporting and contact tracing in a matter of days, and saw over 200 downloads in the first day. A video demo of the application can be found here.

Dimagi continues to build technology for the COVID-19 response while also providing direct support to governments and organizations around the world. Government health systems are already using their technology at all ends of the development spectrum--rom hospitals outside of San Francisco (demo here) to Nigeria and, soon, Sierra Leone 

While Dimagi is witnessing a rapid growing demand for digital platforms to support community-based COVID-19 response efforts, Jackson warned of the dangers of building solutions for only one part of the pandemic. "As health systems increase their response efforts, community health workers and other frontline workers will play a crucial role in responding to the pandemic as well as supporting case reporting, surveillance, contact tracing, and community education," he shared. "We urge organizations to move quickly to equip their communities and community-based workers with the best tools that can support not just one, but all phases of the pandemic through pre-built solutions." 

Dimagi is frequently updating this comprehensive description of how CommCare can help with COVID-19 response. Please feel free to share with any organization that might benefit, as well as with funders that would be interested in supporting the development of new template applications for organizations working on the frontlines. If you have any questions, please email covid19@dimagi.com.


 

Jacaranda Health

March 26

IiH innovator Jacaranda Health is responding to COVID-19 by adapting its digital platforms to address the needs of mothers and babies during the crisis.

During the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, one tragic consequence of trying to control the spread of Ebola was the decline in maternal care-seeking for fear of exposure to the disease and a corresponding increase in maternal deaths and stillbirths. As Kenya joins the list of countries implementing tough measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the lessons learned from Ebola have inspired us to think critically about our mission to remain focused on supporting government hospitals to deliver high quality, essential services for mothers and babies. 

As we continue to navigate this new challenge, we are leveraging the tools at our disposal to answer two important questions:

  1. How can we leverage our digital health platform to ensure that pregnant women and new mothers have the information they need to seek care at the right time and place, and do not get left behind during the COVID-19 outbreak?  
  2. How can we more effectively support our network of nurse mentors and our county partners to continue providing life-saving maternal and newborn care alongside their responses to the outbreak? 

PROMPTS, our two-way digital health support platform for expectant and new mums, reaches more than 120,000 women across the country, and in the past two weeks, the number of questions from anxious mothers have grown every day:

  • How can we and our babies survive Coronavirus?
  • Should I take my baby to the clinic during Coronavirus?
  • I am afraid to deliver my baby at the hospital because of Coronavirus, is it OK if I deliver at home?

Mums are seeking information so they can make the best health decisions for themselves and their babies. This highlights an important role for maternal and newborn health organizations: provide accurate information about the effects of COVID-19 on pregnancy and babies and how to seek care during this time. 

Our Help Desk agents are actively using information as it becomes available to best support our users. We are also adding capacity on our digital health platform with fresh COVID-19 content and new tools. Our tech team has created a COVID-19 informational Bot on SMS and Telegram to provide instant responses to frequently asked pregnancy and postpartum related questions, as well as county-specific health facility updates. We are happy to share this tool with other organizations in the space.  

We are supporting our network of nurse mentors--111 government hospital practitioners in 150+ facilities--and five county government partners by developing resource-efficient tools that can help providers in maternity wards:    

  • Track changes in MNH service delivery: We are maintaining a log of closures and service hour changes, and sharing this information with PROMPTS users so they know when and where to seek care. As facilities implement localized responses, we will coordinate with them to support resolutions for any service delivery disruptions.
  • Support providers with up-to-date and accurate information: The nurse mentorship team is receiving increasing requests from frontline nurses for information. As a result, they have developed and shared a COVID-19 CME for training use at partner facilities, including evidence on international and national guidelines for antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Share best practices across counties: County health managers are leveraging our presence in multiple counties to act as a liaison and connector between county coordinators, to share best practices and learn from each other.
  • Support a transition to remote work using digital communications tools: All Jacaranda-supported government meetings are now conducted using teleconference tools, and we are supporting our government partners in learning and deploying communication tools that can help them manage their work and teams remotely.

As we continue to monitor and adapt to the unfolding situation, we are also looking to engage and learn from others who are doing the same.  We are connected to frontline healthcare experiences and collecting data that can help to define conversations around how the global health community can participate in the response. We can honor the lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak by monitoring the situation in real time, developing and sharing best practices, and investing in the smartest and most efficient approaches that allow us to effectively respond to COVID-19 without ignoring essential health services.

Jacaranda is a nonprofit organization in Kenya who primarily focuses on maternal, child, and reproduction health by working to improve the quality of care in public hospitals as well as creating high-quality and affordable maternity hospitals. To learn more and support Jacaranda Health as they help mothers and babies stay informed about COVID-19, please visit https://www.jacarandahealth.org/blog/supporting-government-health-systems-to-care-for-mums-and-babies-through-covid-19.

https://www.jacarandahealth.org/


 

Wysa

March 26

As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads like wildfire across the world, the psychological toll it is taking on all of us is mounting--anxiety, the stress of social distancing, remote work, quarantines, and even financial concerns as individuals worry about their jobs and savings. Further, burnout among frontline healthcare workers is emerging as a key risk, as healthcare systems struggle to cope.

IiH and Accenture's Open Innovation partners in India are doing some amazing work in this space. @Wysa has a unique, anonymous (digital+human) platform for mental health support at scale. With ~2 million users from 30+ countries, it is a global leader, the #1 digital mental health solution in the #NHS UK, and also the top app recommended for health anxiety and social isolation. 

Wysa has now created free tool packs for dealing with pandemic stress and anxiety. These can be accessed from this link: https://lnkd.in/eRWWxE3.

And to help health workers manage burnout, they have opened up access to all their digital premium content. (This is a great way of saying #thankyou!) https://wysa.io/healthcare @joaggarwal @ramakantvempati #openinnovation #startups #healthinnovation #deeptech #mentalhealth


 

Penda Health 

March 25 

Penda Health provides comprehensive healthcare services at clinics throughout Nairobi, Kenya, utilizing a patient-centric approach to address key outpatient needs at an affordable cost. This mission places Penda on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.

“We are preparing our medical centers and staff to respond with the right supplies and protocols (tech-enabled!), launching a call center to triage patients over the phone, developing a mass education campaign that is relevant to those living in low-income areas, and working closely with local partners and the government to coordinate all efforts,” said Monica Dey, Penda’s Global Partnerships Manager, on Wednesday. “We know that it’s critical to respond as early and swiftly as possible, so the whole team is working very hard.”

Q. Are you facing any new challenges since your last check-in call with us?

A. Covid-19 has, of course, presented a huge challenge to Penda. We are expecting cases to grow exponentially, especially in the low-income areas where we work. I am incredibly proud of how our team has pivoted and adapted our activities and strategies quickly. In addition to decision support tools that we had already integrated into our EMR (thanks to GHIG funding!), we have quickly developed and integrated a decision support tool specifically for Covid-19 into our EMR, which is already being used by our providers. Watch our Chief Medical Officer explain this system here! 

Q. Do you need to pivot your project, and if so, how?

A. In-person trainings are now more difficult, but our Director of Clinical Services is still able to conduct trainings at our medical centers, with proper social distancing measures. These are currently focused on Covid-19. So, our plans to create the decision support tools and conduct trainings around pneumonia and gastroenteritis will be delayed for a while. We definitely still want to roll out those tools/trainings, but the timeline is a bit uncertain right now. We are so grateful for GHIG's support and flexibility during this time.

Q. What assistance, if any, can we provide to you at this point?

A. Penda has launched a full-scale response to Covid-19, and we could use financial support for a number of activities. We are currently using the call below, as we urgently seek resources to help our patients and communities during this difficult time.

Covid-19 has hit Kenya, and we need help fighting it. 

Covid-19 has hit Kenya, and we are expecting cases to grow rapidly. As Penda Health, we are already working closely with our private and public sector partners to coordinate public education and response efforts. Penda’s medical centers are located in highly populated, low-income areas that will be hardest hit by this disease and least able to implement protective measures. As a highly trusted provider in our communities, we can slow the spread and save lives. 

On the first day of the outbreak, listen to our CEO and Co-Founder Stephanie Koczela talk about how Penda has been preparing: https://youtu.be/yq92J1-ncoA

We are already taking action and constantly updating our offerings in this document. We need financial support, and speed is of the essence. Your support will be critical in saving lives. Due to a generous donor, your contribution will be MATCHED up to $220,000 USD! 

To donate, use our GoFundMe for USD donations, our M-Changa for KSH donations, and/or email Monica Dey (monica@pendahealth.com) with any questions.  

 


A Panel Discussion with the Experts on COVID-19

March 17

When the COVID-19 viral outbreak forced us to cancel our 2020 Annual Forum slated for March 16 and 17 in Washington, DC, the team pivoted quickly to add a session on the topic to a packed agenda and turn the in-person event to a virtual one. Shortly thereafter, the World Health Organization formally declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. Now, almost every country faces enormous challenges in preparing for and responding to this public health emergency. Healthcare innovators, especially those operating in low-resource settings, will likely be on the front lines. The session focused on the role of the health innovation community in dealing with COVID-19:

  • What have we learned from other corona viruses?
  • How contagious, how fatal is COVID-19?
  • How can we protect ourselves and our families without feeding the hysteria?
  • How can the health innovation community best contribute to fighting the spread of COVID-19?
  • Why are strong health systems critical for global health security?

The panel featured:

Moderator

Diana Silimperi, MD, visiting professor of Global Health at Duke University https://globalhealth.duke.edu/. Silimperi is a public health pediatrician and epidemiologist. She brings more than 35 years of experience leading the design and implementation of integrated healthcare service delivery and health system strengthening programs in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She has been a leader in critical public health strategies, including quality improvement and the role of front-line health workers. More recently she has championed the importance of private sector contributions to global health security, and the essential role of the community in early detection and response. Silimperi earned her BS in Zoology/Psychology and her MD from Duke University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She served as an EIS Officer in the CDC’s Arctic Investigation Lab focusing on infectious disease surveillance, followed by several years in Alaska as Medical Director of the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Silimperi began her international career at Johns Hopkins, working in Bangladesh at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research. Since then, she has lived or worked in more than 30 countries and held leadership positions in several large global health development companies, including Senior Vice President for Global Health at Abt Associates. Silimperi joined DGHI in 2019 as a Visiting Professor in the Practice of Global Health, where she is working closely with the Education team to strengthen course offerings and learning experiences to better prepare graduates aimed at global health practitioner careers. She also contributes to the Duke Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare, focusing on transforming health systems to promote uptake and sustainability of cutting-edge health innovations. 

Panelists

Jonathan “Jono” D. Quick, MD, MPH, is an Adjunct Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute and author of The End of Epidemics. Quick has served as President and CEO of Management Sciences for Health, Director of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policies at the World Health Organization, resident advisor for MSH in health system development and financing in Afghanistan and Kenya, and Chief of Staff/Clinical Director in the U.S. Public Health Service, Talihina, Oklahoma. He has carried out assignments to improve public health in more than 70 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He also holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Public Health.  

He is creator of MDS-3: Managing Access to Medicines and Health Technologies and a contributor to The Financial Times Guide to Executive HealthPreventive Stress Management in Organizations. He has written more than 100 other books, chapters, and articles in leading medical journals. His op-eds, blogs and letters have appeared in TIME MagazineWall Street JournalThe GuardianNew York TimesMs. MagazineForbesHuffington Post,  and elsewhere. He has contributed to Trinity Forum Readings on the lives and faith of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nelson Mandela, and human rights pioneer Bartolomé Las Casas. Quick has served on the board of directors for the Global Health Council, InterAction, Partnership for Supply Chain Management, and Clapham Servants. He was a resident and chief resident in the Duke Family Medicine program, graduated sum cum laude from Harvard College and received an MD with distinction in research and MPH from the University of Rochester. He was recently interviewed about COVID-19 for an article in The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/01/the-worst-case-scenario-for-coronavirus-dr-jonathan-quick-q-and-a-laura-spinney

 

Don Goldmann, MD, Professor, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and Epidemiology, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Chief Scientific Officer, Emeritus, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement http://www.ihi.org/. Goldmann is a former member of CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and helped develop infection prevention guidelines in the United States for the CDC and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and in low-resource countries for USAID. He has experience in responding to SARS and H1N1 and teaches a course on Infectious Diseases and Social Injustice at Harvard. One of the most significant consequences of COVID-19 is the disproportionate impact on the poor and disenfranchised around the world. As he says in his Harvard course, “The poor are the first to suffer and the first to be blamed.” Goldmann is Vice-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Institute for Medicaid Innovation. He also serves on a number of advisory committees and boards, including the National Quality Forum’s Primary Care and Chronic Illness Standing Committee. He is a former Chair of the AHRQ National Advisory Council and the Board of Academy Health.