Public Policy and the Politics of Pandemics

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour — This week on the program, we air a panel on the factors that shape our public health policy, how politics have irreparably impacted our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can improve public health now and in the future.

The United States passed 12 million confirmed COVID-19 cases last weekend, by far the highest in the world. Transmission rates have reached unsustainable levels, and nearly 86,000 COVID-19 patients are stretching the country’s healthcare system to the breaking point. This comes as public health experts urge people to skip travel and cancel indoor gatherings for the Thanksgiving holiday.

This week’s panel looks at how this public health crisis has affected nearly every level of public health and discusses how our current situation could have been avoided. The panelists include Courtney Bullard, Education and Collaborations Director for the Utah Health Policy Project; Jessie Mandle, senior health policy analyst for Voices for Utah Children; Dr. Jessica Sanders, Family Planning Research Director and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at University of Utah Medical; and Dr. Phillip Singer, assistant professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Utah. Moderating the week’s discussion is Brent Steele, chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Utah.

This forum was put on in partnership with Campus Community Dialogue, the Political Science Department and the College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Utah.

This forum was recorded on October 28, 2020.

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