CORONAVIRUS: A Community Conversation in Boston

SUN, MAR 8, 2020 (00:00)

The Museum of Science, in collaboration with WGBH, hosts a free, community-wide town-hall forum to discuss the latest details around the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is an opportunity to join a discussion with experts and local leaders and ask questions.

Learn more about making informed decisions for you and your family, the science behind this outbreak, local and state resiliency planning, and community support resources and organizing.

Moderated by Arun Rath, host of WGBH News’ All Things Considered, a team of local experts including Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Dr. Larwrence Madoff and Dr. Jennifer Lo will answer questions from the public — in person and online — beginning at 3:30 p.m. Watch the livestream here.

Online viewers can ask questions via with the code #moscovid19. Learn more about the Coronavirus and the implications it has on an individual and community level.

+ BIO: Larry Madoff, MD

Dr. Larry Madoff is the medical director of the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

He is an infectious disease specialist in Massachusetts and is affiliated with multiple hospitals, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

+ BIO: Jennifer Lo, MD

Dr. Jennifer Lo was appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh as the Boston Public Health Commission’s new medical director in 2018.

She previously served as medical director at the Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center, where she implemented behavioral health, family planning, and physician training programs. Prior to that role she served as family team medical director at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Programs, where she led a multidisciplinary team to increase access to health care for homeless families and children in Boston. Lo is also an instructor of family medicine at Boston University’s School of Medicine.

+ BIO: Nahid Bhadelia, MD, MA

Dr. Nahid Bhadelia is an infectious diseases physician and the medical director of Special Pathogens Unit at Boston University School of Medicine. She oversees the medical response program for Boston University’s maximum containment biosafety level 4 program at National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories. She serves on national and interagency groups focused on medical countermeasures, the intersection between public health preparedness, research and clinical care for emerging pathogens. Her research focuses on identification of safe and effective clinical interventions and infection control measures related to viral hemorrhagic fevers.

Dr. Bhadelia is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Human Security at the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she teaches a course on human security and emerging infectious diseases.

+ BIO: Arun Rath

Arun Rath is the producer and host of PBS Frontline’s new audio podcast, and is developing radio segments for Frontline. Arun started his career in radio at NPR. He was the director of NPR’s daily news show “Talk of the Nation” before moving to New York in 2000 to take over as senior producer of NPR’s “On the Media.” He oversaw the re-launch of the show with new hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield, and during his tenure the program tripled its audience and won a number of awards, including a Peabody for its 2004 election coverage. In 2005, Rath spent a year as the senior editor of Public Radio International’s culture and arts program Studio 360, before being lured to television by PBS’s Frontline. Arun has reported and produced three films for Frontline, the latest being an investigation of alleged war crimes committed by US Marines in Haditha, Iraq, which was just nominated for an Emmy. In addition to his behind-the-scenes work as a producer, Arun has also appeared on camera as a reporter for Frontline/World, and as an on air reporter and host for various public radio programs, including On the Media and WNYC’s live music show, Soundcheck. And starting this summer, he will appear as a regular correspondent on a new PBS series about world music, Sound Tracks.

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