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Global Health Security: Understanding Cross-Sector Risks and Solutions

Maria Thacker, Georgia Global Health Alliance

By: Maria Thacker, Georgia Global Health Alliance

In today’s highly mobile and interconnected world, a disease outbreak anywhere is a threat everywhere. An epidemic in even the most isolated village can reach major cities all around the globe in as little as 36 hours, disrupting international travel, markets, and business. The challenge of preventing the next epidemic is bigger than any one health system or pathogen, requiring innovative partnerships across sectors and program areas. As traditional funding for international development comes under strain, cross-sector collaboration is taking on increasing importance as a means to maximize the reach and sustainability of individual global health security efforts.

Join the Georgia Global Health Alliance for a luncheon this Friday, January 12 at 11:00am at the Carter Center. Hear from CDC leadership about recent international public health emergencies like Ebola and Zika, their impact on the private sector, and how we can work together to prevent the next epidemic. Immediately following the keynote address, an expert panel will explore the respective roles of public and private sector actors during and following recent global health emergencies, as well as success stories and lessons learned. Learn more about the luncheon speakers below and register for the event here.

Welcome Remarks

Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., President Emeritus Morehouse School of Medicine, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, 1989-1993

Keynote Address: Understanding Cross-Sector Risks and Solutions in Global Health Security

Dr. Rebecca Martin, PhD, Director, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Expert Panel: Opportunities for Public-Private Partnership in Global Health

Moderator: Jimmy Kolker, U.S. Ambassador [retired], Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services 2014-2017


  • Dawn O’Connell, Head of the US Office, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)
  • Nancy Knight, MD, CAPT, USPHS , Director, Division of Global Health Protection, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Clem Lewin, Associate Vice President R&D Strategy, Sanofi Pasteur
  • Eduardo Martinez, President, The UPS Foundation, UPS Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
  • Judy Monroe, MD, President and CEO, CDC Foundation

Immediately following the luncheon, GGHA will host a closed-door workshop program centered on successful public-private partnership models in global health security and how nontraditional actors can fill critical gaps in public health system capacity. GGHA workshops aim to translate strategic opportunities into action by facilitating and professionally managing, focused, goal-oriented and outcomes-based bi- and multilateral workshops, to identify areas of common interest, build relationships, cultivate trust and form effective collaborations and ventures amongst GGHA members, and as appropriate, other state, regional, national and international global health stakeholders. GGHA and PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Industries Advisory Group have collaborated to organize and facilitate this strategic workshop. 

Register here: Event Registration 


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