How to End a Pandemic

Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University

The How to End a Pandemic project is a Georgetown University initiative to systematically collect oral histories and insights from people who work in epidemics about how to end epidemics. Our guests come from media, politics, medicine, humanities, the social sciences, public policy, and business to help us answer the question “how can we end pandemics in ways that are smarter, faster, more equitable, and  more humane?”



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Jackie Thornhill — Getting Involved in Emergency Management During the Covid-19 Pandemic, How the Pandemic Directly Affected the City of San Francisco, The Importance of Protecting the Most Vulnerable Populations in Times of Crisis (#6)
Jul 7 2023
Jackie Thornhill — Getting Involved in Emergency Management During the Covid-19 Pandemic, How the Pandemic Directly Affected the City of San Francisco, The Importance of Protecting the Most Vulnerable Populations in Times of Crisis (#6)
Jackie Thornhill is a communications, policy, and public relations expert currently serving as a Legislative Aide to San Francisco District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman. She has created and executed communications plans for multiple elected officials, candidates for elected office, and public agencies. She has coordinated digital engagement and social media campaigns in her roles with City government, including campaigns to educate the public about the City’s evolving public health guidelines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Campaigns she created include “Show Your Pride, Get Vaccinated!”, “Dispatcher Week 2021”, “A Place for All”, and Supervisor Mandelman’s calls for an escalated public health response to the MPX outbreak in 2022. Jackie grew up in the San Fernando Valley before moving to San Francisco in 2016, and graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor's degree in Political Science in 2019. She has worked for the City and County of San Francisco since January, 2020.Links: twitter: https://twitter.com/SF_emergency/status/1403414661337288705show your pride campaign: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9N-fE6FmJXBwheBpzKjmmzy1T1i49KEPSF monkeypox response: https://www.ebar.com/story.php?ch=news&sc=latest_news&id=317259
Gail Carson — Creating a Database of Over a Million Case Records From 1,700+ Sites Across the Globe, Becoming an Infectious Disease Doctor, The Growing Epidemic of Networks, Treating ISARIC as if It Was a Garden (#5)
Apr 16 2023
Gail Carson — Creating a Database of Over a Million Case Records From 1,700+ Sites Across the Globe, Becoming an Infectious Disease Doctor, The Growing Epidemic of Networks, Treating ISARIC as if It Was a Garden (#5)
Quote: “No one institution can possibly do it on their own”Dr Gail Carson is an adult infectious diseases doctor by background who joined the first GOARN (network of institutions preparing and responding to outbreaks) mission to Gulu in 2000. Since then her career has been focussed on outbreak preparedness and response. She was fortunate enough to serve on other missions including time spent at WHO Geneva. While seconded to WHO Geneva for SARS in 2003 she set up the SARS clinical network and saw the value of immediate communication across countries to assist with the rapid sharing of knowledge to advance patient care and policy.  Her first consultant post after training was with the public health agency of England, with their special pathogens branch. From there she moved to the University of Oxford to help set up an international clinical research consortium/network called ISARIC. In 2014, she was part of the Secretariat that supported the new research funders consortium GloPID R. In 2016 she was delighted to be selected to sit on the GOARN steering committee, subsequently set up GOARN Research, became deputy chair in 2018 and Chair of the Steering committee in 2022. Throughout her career she has witnessed first-hand the benefits of collaborative working and hopes that this continues as such an approach will always be needed.Links: