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The Science and Politics of COVID-19

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm PDT
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As California reopens, communities across the state grapple with conflicting decisions to protect public health while getting businesses and workers back on their feet. Some communities and states are reopening faster than others, prompting warnings from public health experts about increasing rates of COVID-19 transmissions and impending waves of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the coming months. 

Join Dr. Harvey Fineberg, president of Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and chair of the National Academies Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats, to discuss:

  • The science behind when and how we safely re-open the state
  • Philanthropy’s role in protecting lives, restoring the environment, and creating economic opportunities now, in the medium-term, and in the future
  • Opportunities for philanthropic collaboration and alignment as well as public/private partnership

Mina Kim will be interviewing Dr. Fineberg. Mina Kim is KQED’s evening news anchor and the Friday host of Forum, which has covered a range of topics relating to the pandemic, including the safety of frontline workers, unemployment, domestic violence, and well-being. 

Learn more about how science, philanthropy, and politics intersect as we navigate the uncertainties in the coming months and years.  

  • What should we be paying attention to as we contemplate what's next?
  • Where are opportunities for alignment? And where should we forego working together?
  • What scientific research will help guide us to open up safely in California?
  • What innovative solutions might prevent another pandemic, disaster, or crisis from disrupting our communities, especially those who are most vulnerable?


Harvey Fineberg, President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Harvey V. Fineberg is the president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which fosters path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, improvements in patient care and preservation of the special character of the San Francisco Bay Area. He previously held the Presidential Chair for 2014-2015 as visiting professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Prior to that, he served as president of the Institute of Medicine from 2002 to 2014 and as provost of Harvard University from 1997 to 2001, following 13 years as dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. He has devoted most of his academic career to the fields of health policy and medical decision-making. His past research has focused on the process of policy development and implementation, assessment of medical technology,

evaluation and use of vaccines, and dissemination of medical innovations.

Fineberg chairs the board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and serves on the boards of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the China Medical Board. He helped found and served as president of the Society for Medical Decision Making and also served as consultant to the World Health Organization.

Fineberg is co-author of the books Clinical Decision Analysis, Innovators in Physician Education and The Epidemic That Never Was, an analysis of the controversial federal immunization program against swine flu in 1976. He has co-edited several books on such diverse topics as AIDS prevention, vaccine safety, understanding risk in society and global health. He has also authored numerous articles published in professional journals. Fineberg is the recipient of several honorary degrees—the Frank A. Calderone Prize in Public Health, the Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research and the Harvard Medal, awarded by the alumni association of the university from which he earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees.

Mina Kim, Evening news anchor and Friday host of Forum, KQED

Mina Kim is KQED News’ evening anchor and the Friday host of Forum. Mina started her career in public radio at KQED as an intern with Pacific Time. When the station began expanding its local news coverage in 2010, she became a general assignment reporter, then health reporter for The California Report. Mina’s award-winning stories have included on-the-scene reporting of the 2014 Napa earthquake and a series on gun violence in Oakland. Her work has been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. Mina grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Oak Park, CA. She lives in Napa.

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This program is open to NCG, SCG, and SDG members.


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