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Ebola in 2015 – and beyond

January 22, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

$15 - $25

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After weeks of leading the news with grim statistics and devastating images—and provoking widespread fear outside of West Africa disproportionate to the nature of the threat—Ebola has slipped from the headlines. Is the crisis over? Or are the costs and consequences of the Ebola epidemic only coming into focus now, while international attention is concentrated elsewhere?

Join the World Affairs Council on January 22 for a panel discussion on the status of the epidemic in West Africa and the longer-term consequences for public health and the economies of the region. The panelists will assess Ebola’s hold in Liberia, where infection rates are declining; Sierra Leone, which is seeing an increase in Ebola fatalities; and Guinea, where case incidences remain persistent. As 100 U.S. soldiers have begun a mandatory 21-day isolation at Joint Base Lewis-McChord after returning from deployment in Liberia, the panel will discuss the effectiveness of global assistance in containing the epidemic. And as fragile governments have devoted resources to battling Ebola, what are the larger consequences for public health, as malaria death rates rise along with Ebola infection rates? In addition, what are the longer-term economic consequences that could further endanger public health, education, and economic development in West Africa?

Our panelists for this event will include:

David Townes, MD, MPH, DTM&H (Moderator)

David TownesDr. Townes an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington in the Division of Emergency Medicine. In addition, he is currently a Senior Public Health and Medical Technical Advisor to the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Medical Epidemiologist in the International Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (Formerly the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this capacity his interests and responsibilities include providing expert technical advice, formulating and conveying OFDA public health policy and technical positions, reviewing all health proposals submitted to OFDA, and design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of some OFDA funded programs. Previously, Dr. Townes was appointed as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer and Medical Epidemiologist in the Malaria Branch at the CDC and served as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). His research interests include response to complex humanitarian emergencies, disease surveillance in humanitarian emergencies, health policy for humanitarian emergencies, refugee and internally displaced populations, and malaria. *Dr. Townes does not represent or speak for the CDC or USAID/OFDA and he is not acting in an official capacity for either agency.

Ann Marie Kimball, MD, MPH, FACPM

Ann_Marie_KimballDr. Kimball is a physician and epidemiologist.  Most recently she served as technical and strategic lead for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation surveillance strategy formation. This three year process resulted in the first approved surveillance strategy in the history of  that Foundation. Prior to her recruitment  as Senior Program Officer, Surveillance and Epidemiology for the Foundation she  served as Professor of Epidemiology for the University of Washington School of Public Health with adjunct appointments in Medicine (Bioinformatics and Infectious Diseases) and the Jackson School of Foreign Affairs. She attended clinically at Harborview Medical Center. She is emerita at this time. During her tenure at UW, Dr. Kimball founded and directed the APEC Emerging Infections Network, and led research and training programs in Surveillance and Informatics in Peru and Thailand. Her research focus on global trade and emerging infections earned her a Fulbright New Century Scholars award and a Guggenheim Scholars award. She is the author of Risky Trade: Infectious Diseases in an Era of Global Trade (Ashgate 2006) which was highly reviewed by NEJM, Emerging Infections and Lancet. She has authored numerous scientific publications, and served on numerous Institute of Medicine panels. Most recently she led the Rockefeller Foundation evaluation of their global Disease Surveillance Network portfolio. She is a fellow in the American College of Preventive Medicine and member of the National Biosurveillance Advisory group (NBAS) from the Centers for Disease Control. A former EIS Officer for the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, prior to joining UW she worked and lived in the Yemen Arab Republic, Ivory Coast, and Senegal. She served as Director of National Program Support for PAHO, directing the elaboration and implementation of medium term AIDS plans in member countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. She has served as Director of HIV/AIDS for Washington State, and the founding Chair of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) in the United States.

Philip Eckhoff, PhD

Philip EckoffDr. Eckhoff works in the epidemiological disease modeling team at Intellectual Ventures’ Global Good Fund which develops computer simulations of malaria, polio, and other disease transmission dynamics to assist public health professionals and other scientists in planning eradication of different diseases. These simulations have resolution of individuals but cover large geographic areas and are focused on studying all phases of a global eradication campaign. Beyond modeling disease eradication, his research interests include technologies for improved public health in the developing world and other global development issues, such as vaccine delivery, developing world nutrition and agriculture, and improved sanitation.

Philip received his PhD at Princeton University in applied and computational mathematics. While at Princeton, he began work on malaria and mathematical models of disease transmission, and he had malaria frequently while growing up at a humanitarian hospital on the north coast of Haiti. Philip received a Special Achievement Award by a Hertz Fellow in 2009 for his work on malaria modeling. He is a Board member of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation and serves as an interviewer for its graduate fellowship program. He also serves as an External Reviewer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as a pro bono external advisor for the foundation’s programs in Global Health and Global Development.

Eric Williams, MPH

Eric-Headshot-300x200Eric is the Director at williamsworks in Seattle. Previously, he served as the Democratic Staff Director for the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations and a senior foreign policy staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives. In this role, he provided leadership, critical analysis and directed teams to elevate and strengthen U.S-Africa policy including by advancing trade legislation such as the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act; highlighting policy gaps and opportunities to eliminate barriers to foreign direct investment; addressing security challenges posed by rebel groups and longstanding conflict; and raising awareness and crafting policy solutions in global health and human rights.

Prior to his time as a congressional staffer, Eric served as an advocacy and strategic communications consultant for a number of U.S. and international development organizations. He served as a senior policy associate at Physicians for Human Rights where he oversaw the Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative established through a grant from the World Health Organization. Early in his career, Eric worked in public affairs at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

A native of Washington D.C., Eric received a Bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College — where he studied abroad at the University of Cape Town — and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. He has studied worked and traveled extensively in Africa and has lived in France.

Important Notes:

Prior to the main event at 7:00 PM, registration and a wine reception will start at 6:30 PM.

The event location is The Landing at Northcut (5001 25th Avenue NE Seattle, WA 98105). It is on the second floor of the East Tower, under the John L. Scott Real Estate sign and to the north of Chase bank. The entrance to the free parking garage is under the UW Medicine sign. A street view of the building is located here.

If you are interested in attending the educator workshop to receive clock hours, please register here.



January 22, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
$15 - $25
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The Landing at Northcut
5001 25th Avenue NE
Seattle,WA98105United States
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