Societies today exist in a world of unprecedented mobility and interconnectivity. Yet, increasingly globalized travel and trade also confer significant public health risks at both the domestic and international levels through the potential acceleration of epidemic and pandemic emergence. Still, global interconnectivity may prove beneficial for improving prevention efforts and coordinating international responses to health crises. By engaging with other nations in direct communications that address global vulnerabilities in disease prevention, detection, and control, we can form a unified international front against these threats
Dr. Rebecca Katz, Georgetown professor and director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security discussed the influences of health issues on modern global diplomacy and how we can act in foreign policy environments with these considerations in the pursuit of global health security.
This discussion was hosted as an extension of Georgetown University’s Conversations in Global Health course, which invites professionals at the forefront of global health issues to Georgetown’s campus to engage in dialogues regarding their career paths and expertise. These talks are open to all Georgetown faculty, students, and staff.
Maeve McKean is the executive director of Georgetown's Global Health Initiative. A lawyer who works at the intersections of global health and human rights. She is a graduate of Georgetown University, jointly earning a law degree from the Law Center and a master’s degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service.
John Monahan is the senior advisor for global health to President John J. DeGioia; senior fellow, McCourt School of Public Policy; and senior scholar, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.