Symposium: Navigating the pandemic when effective vaccines are in the policy toolbox

Friday, Nov 20, 2020
8:00 am - 11:30 am
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This interdisciplinary symposium hosted by the Hopkins Business of Health Initiative welcomes researchers from across Hopkins and around the country as well as anyone seeking to learn more about evidence-based COVID19 decision making.  This half-day event is an extension of our popular “Johns Hopkins Interdisciplinary Zoom Webinar Series, Advancing evidence-based decision making for COVID19.”  Past events available here.


KEYNOTE: Dr. Anthony Fauci delivers Medicine Grand Rounds
Moderator: Sanjay Desai, Director, Osler Medical Residency, Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
PANEL 1: Financial incentives and disincentives for achieving optimal COVID-19 vaccination rates
COVID-19 vaccines have the potential to deliver enormous social value.  As vaccines get approved and allocated across the nation and the globe, realizing the full potential of vaccines will depend on enough people getting vaccinated to make the spread of the virus unlikely.  What strategies will be more effective optimizing vaccination rates?  Can financial incentives help to induce people to get vaccinated? What behavioral factors need to be taken into account? 
Alison Buttenheim, Scientific Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Robert Litan, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
Daniel Polsky, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Economics at Johns Hopkins University, and Director of the Hopkins Business of Health Initiative
Moderator:  Mario Macis, Professor of Economics, Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School and Affiliate Faculty, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
PANEL 2: The pandemic in 2021: setting policy priorities and filling evidence gaps 
The landscape of managing through the pandemic will be altered as a result of the introduction of vaccines.  How can policy makers navigate through policy options to reduce transmission and optimize wellbeing when the options expand beyond non-pharmaceutical interventions to include strategies to optimize vaccination rates?  As these decisions become more complex with potentially negative interactions between strategies, we assess decision making needs and emerging tools to help navigate the inherent tradeoffs.
Beate Jahn, Assistant Professor, University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology (UMIT) Hall i.T, Austria, and Vice President, Society for Medical Decision Making
Shan Liu, Associate Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Washington
Nilanjan Chatterjee, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics and Genetic Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University
Dan Gorenstein, Executive Producer & Co-Host, Tradeoffs Podcast
Moderator: Kathy McDonald, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Systems, Quality and Safety, Johns Hopkins University, and Co-Chair Covid-19 Decision Modeling Initiative (CDMI) with Society for Medical Decision Making
The Hopkins Business of Health Initiative (HBHI) is a new University initiative to improve health care affordability, access, equity, and value through the integration of public-private approaches by uniting world-class experts in research, policy, and practice across the Carey Business School, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, School of Nursing, and School of Medicine.