The COVID-19 outbreak has rapidly changed the lives of billions of people around the world. To better understand this pandemic, Chanda turned to two experts – Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick, a CDC-trained medical epidemiologist, and Natalie Davis, the Senior Director of Public Engagement at United States of Care. Chanda, Lisa, and Natalie discuss the damage of misinformation, why solutions need to be community-informed, and how philanthropy can best respond to this crisis.
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD, MPH is a CDC-trained medical epidemiologist and board-certified infectious diseases physician with both domestic and global experience in public health. She was recently named as a member of the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Health Literacy.
Although Lisa’s career has traversed clinical medicine, research, and public health program implementation, she is most passionate about improving the nation’s health literacy and demystifying health information. Her goal is to inspire greater and more effective disease prevention and health promotion action in communities by making practical and useable health information more accessible to ordinary citizens.
Lisa has authored peer-reviewed journal articles, has been interviewed by journalists for the Washington Post, New York Times, and PBS and is a guest blogger for Huffington Post. Outside her daily practice, she frequently volunteers time at church and community events to demystify complex health information because she believes informed citizens make healthier citizens.
Natalie Davis has nearly two decades of experience shaping and implementing health care policies to improve the lives of all Americans. She is known for her person-centered approach to building health care solutions, and has a history of building partnerships – with organizations, patient advocacy groups and everyday people – that work to create positive change in our country’s health care system.
She spent close to 10 years at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), with the final two years of her tenure serving as Senior Advisor to former acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt. As senior advisor, she provided strategic and tactical support during the development of the agency’s internal and external priorities, and served as a liaison between CMS and stakeholders across the country. Most recently, Natalie served as the Director of Strategic Engagement at the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Besides co-founding United States of Care, Natalie is on the founding team of Town Hall Ventures, as well as The Medicaid Transformation Project. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Preeclampsia Foundation.
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