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Dean’s Speaker Series: Michael Fraser and Brent Ewig on Vaccinating America: Moderated by Dr. Anthony Iton

March 23, 5:30 pm7:00 pm PDT

Dean’s Speakers Series 2023: Innovators, Changemakers and Arc-Benders of Public Health
Co-sponsored by The Goldman School of Public Policy

Location: 2121 Berkeley Way West on first floor in Colloquia Rooms

Our Dean’s Speakers Series features public health heroes who exemplify the theme of  Innovators, Changemaker & Arc-Benders. These are the experts who are changing the field, fueling innovation, and driving health equity.

A conversation with authors Michael Fraser and Brent Ewig on Vaccinating America: The Inside Story Behind the Race to Save Lives and End a Pandemic.

Join us for a special conversation with Dr. Michael Fraser and Brent Ewig, authors of the new book Vaccinating America: The Inside Story Behind the Race to Save Lives and End a Pandemic. Their book, published by the American Public Health Association, spotlights the public servants and heroes who planned and executed the unprecedented program to combat COVID-19 amidst fierce partisan divides, bureaucratic infighting and overwhelming logistical challenges, and doesn’t hold back on pointing out those who hindered progress.  It features five initial lessons learned, and documents how our public health system successfully administered over 500 million doses of COVID vaccine in less than one year.  

With an introduction by Berkeley Public Health Dean Michael C. Lu. Moderated by Dr. Anthony Iton.

Dr. Michael Fraser serves as the chief executive officer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). Dr. Fraser is a dynamic leader in the health care and public health fields and has experience leading public health associations, medical societies, and the federal government. Dr. Fraser is a coeditor and author of A Public Health Guide to Ending the Opioid Crisis with Jay Butler and coauthor of A Communications Playbook for Public Officials: How to Effectively Manage the Message, the Media, and Yourself with Robert Johnson. He is coeditor and author of the forthcoming Handbook of Strategic Skills for Public Health Practice with Brian Castrucci and author of the forthcoming Leading Systems Change in Public Health: A Field Guide for Practitioners. Dr. Fraser is an affiliated faculty in the Departments of Global and Community Health and Health Administration and Policy at the George Mason University, College of Health and Human Services.

Brent Ewig is a leader and advocate for public health. For close to three decades, he has worked with government agencies, nonprofit associations, foundations, and other interest groups in the global, federal, state, and local health policy arenas. He became chief policy and government relations officer for the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) in August 2022. He previously worked as a consultant policy advisor to AIM and director of policy and government affairs at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP). He also worked eight years at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), where he served as principal director for prevention and public health.

Dr. Tony Iton is a Lecturer of Health Policy & Management at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. He is also a Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment. In the fall of 2009, he began to oversee the organization’s 10-Year, multimillion-dollar statewide commitment to advance policies and forge partnerships to build healthy communities and a healthy California. Iton serves on the board of directors of the Public Health Institute, the Public Health Trust, the Prevention Institute and Jobs For The Future. He has worked as an HIV disability rights attorney at the Berkeley Community Law Center, a health care policy analyst with Consumers Union West Coast Regional Office, and as a physician and advocate for the homeless at the San Francisco Public Health Department.

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If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact the event manager at sph_events@berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible.

Access Coordinator: Alicia Slater,  sph_events@berkeley.edu


March 23
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm PDT
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Colloquia, Berkeley Way West
2121 Berkeley Way
Berkeley, CA United States


UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Goldman School of Public Policy
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