On October 4, we convened business leaders, innovators, and experts for forward-looking discussions on the future of global health. We tackled big questions including: What will global health look like in 2050? What is the role of the private sector in driving innovation? How can private-public partnerships build a stronger health infrastructure for the future? Will this pandemic ever end? And what is the next generation of leaders doing to address the topic of mental health and wellness?
Thank you to Walgreens and Genentech for sponsoring these engaging discussions about the future of health.
Keep reading to learn more about what our speakers covered and the key takeaways you need to know.
Future of Global Health
McKinsey’s Shubham Singhal offered insight into the big trends healthcare leaders are following now and for the future. Those seven trends include: talent shortage, inflation, sustainability of healthcare costs post-pandemic, COVID-19, aging, chronic conditions, and telehealth.
Reimagining the Future of Healthcare
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Suzanne P. Clark sat down with Anita Allemand, Chief Transformation and Integration Officer of Walgreen’s Boots Alliance, Inc., to discuss their new strategic plan to create the pharmacy of the future. Allemand explained that the big picture goal is to become “neighborhood healthcare destinations” by “leveraging both healthcare providers and technology” in order to meet people where they are, increase access to care, and create better health outcomes.
Global Pandemic Update
The World Health Organization’s Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, in conversation with the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Michael Carney, discussed the current state of the pandemic and what to expect for the future. While the pandemic continues globally, there are “solutions” that will bring the end, including preventative actions, therapeutics, and vaccines. Van Kerkhove shared the WHO’s communication approach to be transparent about what they know, what they don’t know, and the importance in always striving to find answers.
Private-Public Pandemic Preparedness
This panel featured business leaders and experts, including “Your Local Epidemiologist” Dr. Katelyn Jetelina, Genentech’s Jill Shotzberger, and Lisandro Torre of TEPHINET. Nisha Biswal of the Chamber’s Global Task Force for Pandemic Response hosted this discussion covering perspectives on the state of COVID-19, insight into surveillance and data collection, and the impact of key partnerships to fight pandemic issues. Genentech’s approach to creating novel partnerships, like the Medical Countermeasures Coalition, allowed leaders from multiple industries to come together to determine the best path forward. Focusing on empowering public health departments and improving communication at the local to international levels will also contribute to success during future pandemics, as described by Jetelina and Torre.
Transformative Tech and Telemedicine
This panel featured Dimagi’s Jonathan Jackson and telemedicine expert Dr. Tania Elliott, moderated by Doctor’s Without Borders’ Northan Hurtado, to discuss the trajectory of technology in health. Dr. Elliott offered key insights into the benefits of telemedicine for both patients and providers, including continuous data tracking and improving post-operative care. Jackson highlighted Dimagi’s CommCare technology that brings training, skills development, and data collection tools to providers in developing countries.
Youth Mental Health Ambassadors
This youth-centered segment, in partnership with Saving Our Daughters, featured a discussion between 13-year-old pre-med student and founder of “The Brown STEM Girl,” Alena Analeigh, and actress Celina Smith. It also featured cameos from numerous young actresses and mental health ambassadors including Aria Brooks, Tisha Custodio, Monique Green-Smith, Milan Ray, and Krista Marie Yu. They discussed the realities of mental health in our youth, advice for peers struggling with mental illness, and offered optimistic insight into the emerging sensitivity and empathy for mental health in younger generations.
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