Pell Center lecture will help dispel rumors, disinformation around COVID-19 vaccine
The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy’s lecture series will present its first lecture for the spring, entitled “COVID-19 Vaccines: Rumors, Disinformation and the Truth” with Dr. Megan Ranney. The lecture will be held virtually on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. live on the Pell Center’s Facebook page. Registration and more information can be found on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page.
In their rollout, COVID-19 vaccines have faced a variety of challenges, including a flood of lies and misinformation. In “COVID-19 Vaccines: Rumors, Disinformation and the Truth,” Dr. Megan Ranney will debunk the rumors, dispel the disinformation and share the truth about the safety, risks and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines which are already available and will be coming available in the months ahead.
Dr. Ranney is an emergency physician, researcher, and national advocate for innovative approaches to public health. She holds the Warren Alpert Endowed Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is Founding Director of the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health.
Dr. Ranney’s research focus is on developing, testing, and disseminating digital health interventions to prevent violence and mental illness. She has had continuous external funding from federal and foundation grants for over a decade, with over 120 peer-reviewed publications. She also serves multiple national leadership roles, including Chief Research Officer of AFFIRM Research, the country’s leading non-profit committed to ending the gun violence epidemic through a non-partisan public health approach, and President of the Board of GetUsPPE.org, a start-up non-profit that is delivering donated personal protective equipment to those who need it most.
She is an editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine, a Fellow of the fifth class of the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship Program, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She has received numerous awards for technology innovation, public health and research, including the Rhode Island Woman Physician of the Year and the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Policy Pioneer Award. She is also a frequent media commentator on outlets ranging from CNN to the Atlantic to the New York Times regarding the value of a national public health strategy.
Registration and more information can be found on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page.
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