How Does a Society Reclaim Human Flourishing When Faced with a Pandemic?

Oct. 20 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. CST

This virtual panel discussion will explore a number of health and economic questions related to the pandemic. The panel of experts will address issues such as (1) the economic, health, and social costs of the COVID-19 pandemic and policy responses, (2) the difficult balance in addressing economic, health, and social concerns, and (3) the types of policies that are likely to accelerate the return to a society that is physically and mentally healthy, where economic opportunities are growing, and where there is a greater sense of community.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth and the NDSU Public Health. 


Ali Mokdad, Ph.D.

Ali H. Mokdad, PhD, is a Professor of Health Metrics Sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and Chief Strategy Officer for Population Health at the University of Washington. As a public health researcher, Dr. Mokdad has published groundbreaking work on local-level disease trends and some of the leading risk factors for poor health. His work on obesity is among the most highly cited in the field.

Lynn Blewett, Ph.D.

Lynn Blewett is a Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the State Health Access Data Assistance Center at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on health care policy and access. As an advocate for information access, she helped bring a Census Research Data Center to the University of Minnesota, which is the only RDC with a health services and policy focus.

Stefanie Haeffele, Ph.D.

Stefanie Haeffele is Senior Research Fellow, Deputy Director of Academic and Student Programs, and a Senior Fellow for the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Her work has examined post-disaster community recovery as well as the political economy of nonprofit organizations.


John Bitzan, Ph.D.
Director, Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth
Professor of Management
Pamela Jo Johnson, Ph.D.
Mary J. Berg Distinguished Professor of Women's Health
Associate Professor and Chair, NDSU Public Health



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