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Global Perspectives: Leveraging the Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

December 8, 8:00 pm PST

Berkeley Public Health Alumni Association - School of Public HealthPublic health is at the forefront of society in addressing the complexity of population health problems. As change agents, leaders in public health, locally and globally, have worked to serve the most vulnerable and marginalized communities. By transforming the way we understand and deliver public health and healthcare, public health practitioners in the field have worked to establish the needed infrastructure and workforce that are critical in our global response to COVID-19.

The UC Berkeley Public Health Alumni Association invites you to join us for a webinar panel that includes global public health leaders and to hear their perspectives on how they transformed their communities in responding and adapting to COVID-19.


Mukti Bosco, MHA

Co-Founder of Healing Fields Foundation

Mukti Bosco has utilized her deep understanding of rural communities and their needs to pioneer a series of community-driven innovations in health and women’s empowerment. Mukti’s twenty-year journey developing community health and empowerment began with one of the first micro-insurance programs in India and has expanded to include education, health services, and livelihood development. Today, Mukti leads a preventative health education program that reaches over 6 million families in India. She is now working to enable women’s agency in order to amplify the ability to access and hold health systems accountable for 300 million people in India by 2030.

Christine Mugasha, MD

Senior Maternal & Child Health Advisor, USAID/Uganda Mission

Dr. Christine Mugasha is a pediatrician, medical researcher, author of several publications, and a pediatric HIV and Maternal and Child Health expert. Dr. Mugasha is currently serving as a Senior Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Advisor at USAID/Uganda. She oversees the implementation of USAID’s multi-million dollar maternal, newborn, and child health and COVID-19 vaccination programs. She coordinates with the Government of Uganda, development partners, as well as the non-profit and private sectors to strengthen health systems to deliver universal health care and help Uganda achieve its sustainable development goals for health. Dr. Mughasha has a medical degree and fellowship in Global Health Leadership from Makerere University in Uganda.

George Rutherford, MD, AM

Professor, UC San Francisco & UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Dr. George Rutherford is Professor of Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics and History; Head of the Division of Infectious Disease and Global Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Acting Executive Director of the Institute for Global Health Sciences at UCSF , and Professor of Epidemiology and Health Administration in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. He leads the Center for Strategic Information and Public Health Practice within the Institute for Global Health Sciences and is Principal Investigator of a series of CDC cooperative agreements that support PEPFAR in the Caribbean and African regions, Haiti, and Vietnam. He teaches global health, HIV surveillance and research methods at UCSF and University of Zagreb, Croatia (WHO collaborations). Educated at Stanford University and Duke University School of Medicine, he is board certified in pediatrics and in general preventive medicine and public health.

PHAA Moderator

Jung Kim, PhD, MPH, CPH

Assistant Professor, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine

Jung G. Kim, PhD, MPH is Assistant Professor of Health Systems Science and Co-Director of Service-Learning at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine (KPSOM). As founding faculty at KPSOM, Jung teaches medical students in the longitudinal service-learning course, health care systems and society, and community and population health, and works with the Office of Assessment and Evaluation to develop the school’s competency-based assessment system. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, receiving an MPH and PhD in Health Policy, and investigating the intersection of health services with professional education, focusing on the organizational behavior and performance of Graduate Medical Education. Jung’s current research studies the ACGME System-Based Practice Milestones, physician social accountability, team effectiveness in HSS, and the role of quality measures to improve assessments across the continuum.

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