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Dr. Drew Harris is a researcher, author and lecturer in the fast-growing discipline of population health. He is an Assistant Professor at the Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health (JCPH).

He led JCPH’s effort to create the nation’s first Masters in Population Health and Population Health Intelligence for practicing health professionals. Dr. Harris presents regularly on population health and health policy to regional and national audiences. He is an active health advocate, publishing frequently on topical health policy issues in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal and other publications. His graphic describing how flattening the curve of new infections prevents a surge of cases that overwhelms the healthcare system has been described as the defining image of COVID-19 pandemic. His current passion is finding ways to help healthcare providers understand the important role social determinants of health, green space and the built environment play in population health outcomes.

Presentation: 55:31


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Attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the relationship between the peak of the epidemic curve and the capacity of the healthcare system to respond.
  • Explain why it is important for public health professionals to engage with the public through traditional and social media.
  • List key elements of the recent US response to COVID-19.