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Ashish Jha

Keynote Speaker

Dean, Brown University School of Public Health

One of the most respected and dynamic global leaders on issues affecting people's health, Dr. Ashish Jha is a catalyst for new thinking and action. During the pandemic, President Biden called on him to lead the nation’s COVID response where he helped America better prepare for future health threats.

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Dr. Ashish Jha is recognized globally as a trusted expert on public health and a catalyst for new thinking and approaches. A long-time leader in pandemic preparedness and response, he led our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as the White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator, appointed by President Joe Biden.

For the last year, I have relied on Dr. Ashish Jha to help me [manage the nation’s response to the pandemic] as the White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator. As one of the leading public health experts in America, he has effectively translated and communicated complex scientific challenges into concrete actions that helped save and improve the lives of millions of Americans.

President Joe Biden

As Dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, Dr. Jha is leading initiatives to confront the public health impacts of climate change, rising healthcare costs, the challenges with misinformation, and how to translate the lessons learned in COVID-19 to improve preparedness and response to future health threats. Dr. Jha has published nearly three hundred original research publications in prestigious journals and consistently ranked in the top 1% of most cited researchers.

He is also a frequent contributor to a range of nonpartisan public media. His keynotes are evidence-based and scientific – yet timely, relevant, and highly accessible to a wide range of audiences in medicine, health, and business.

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Ashish Jha’s Speech Topics

  • What Happens After the Pandemic?

    What have we learned from COVID-19? What did the pandemic expose, and teach us, here and around the globe?

    • Is the US, the world, better prepared for future health crises?
    • Can we, will we, ensure that when future outbreaks happen, it doesn’t lead to loss of lives and livelihoods? If yes, how?
    • What is the responsibility of the private sector? The role of government? Our international obligations?
    • What does history tell us about post-pandemic changes that shape societies?

  • The Iceberg of Rising Health Care Costs: How We Stop It From Sinking Our Economy (Because It Will)

    • Runaway healthcare spending now threatens to sink our economy 
      • Eating into wage growth while ballooning the costs of overall worker compensation; bad for workers and businesses
      • Swallowing state budgets, forcing deep cuts in other essential services and priorities
      • Straining federal budget
    • What’s driving these rising costs?
    • Why do policymakers keep getting the solutions wrong?
    • And what is the agenda for action?
      • What can policymakers do? What about businesses? Individuals?
  • Climate Change and Health: A Noxious Connection

    Climate change – is often seen as an environmental problem, which of course it is. But, It is also the most urgent, overlooked threat to health. The connection is real, immediate, and deadly.

    How climate change impacts health

    • Drought => Famine => Migration => Disease spread
    • More respiratory illness
    • Heat-related illness

    Solutions demand new connections between scientists and policymakers

    • Beyond reducing carbon pollution, what should healthcare systems be doing?
      • Mitigation by healthcare systems – reducing their own footprint
      • Understanding how climate change is going to drive big impacts on population health
      • Building climate-resilient healthcare systems
      • Building climate-sensitive population health strategies.
      • The role of governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations in solutions 

  • Can Artificial Intelligence Make Us Healthier?

    Artificial Intelligence and its Application to Medicine and Public Health

    • What are the major tools of AI that might actually be useful? How? When? Where?
    • What are the challenges of AI – to providers, patients, healthcare systems?
    • What are the risks that are not being adequately understood or captured?
    • The role of AI in transforming health and healthcare not just in the US but around the globe.
  • Keeping Employees Healthy at Work

    • COVID has taught us a lot about how we can keep people healthy at work 
      • Respiratory infections – COVID, flu, RSV, and others have a large impact on worker health, missed days of work, etc.
      • When employees’ kids get sick at school, that can impact their work
      • We now have tools to effectively manage respiratory infections – during typical respiratory infection seasons as well as during crisis times.
      • The role of Indoor Air Quality in keeping people healthy
      • Other strategies such as testing and treatments that can make a big difference
    • Ultimately, this talk is focused on employers who understand typical respiratory seasons are disruptive and a bad season can be even more so – but we now have the tools to manage it far more effectively.


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