Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

Impact at Scale: The Friction Between Public Health and Innovation

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Leung Conference Room (110), Stephen Robert Hall, 280 Brook Street

Talk with Megan RhodesUS Agency for International Development

Advances in science and technology offer exciting opportunities to improve the health status of millions in both humanitarian and resource-poor settings. While innovation is alluring, many global health challenges faced today have had solutions available for decades that have not been implemented – or are not accessible – at scale.

Ms. Rhodes will draw on her 15 years as a public health specialist at USAID to explore the contrasts between need for basic public health services and the challenge of scale in applying new technologies and interventions. She will cover a wide range of health issues, from vaccines to family planning, and the systems issues that facilitate or prevent a promising intervention from having impact at scale. She will discuss the role of government, non-government, and private sector entities in tackling these challenges in both traditional development as well as humanitarian response settings.