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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, April 8

Apr 8, 2021

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

First hour: Doctors discuss what they think are the most significant public health errors of the pandemic

Second hour: Rochester Youth Climate Leaders preview their annual Youth Climate Summit

What are the most significant public health errors of the pandemic? Our guests are doctors who have pushed back against public health groupthink, challenging colleagues to stop the refrain of "Stay home, save lives." They feel that public health has failed to protect the most vulnerable during this pandemic, and they have ideas for how to shift course. Guests include:

  • Dr. Stefan Baral, physician epidemiologist and professor in the department of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health 
  • Dr. Monica Gandhi, professor of medicine and associate chief of the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital, and director of the UCSF Center for AIDS Research 
  • Dr. Vinay Prasad, hematologist-oncologist and professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California San Francisco, and author of several books including, most recently, Malignant

Then in our second hour, the Rochester Youth Climate Leaders are gearing up to host their annual Youth Climate Summit on April 14. The virtual conference will include a number of subjects: what climate change will mean for Rochester and the Finger Lakes; climate justice; Monroe County's Climate Action Plan; climate education; and more. We preview the conference with our guests:

  • Genevieve Guenther, founder and director of EndClimateSilence.org
  • Terry Smith, head of the Lower School at the Harley School, and co-coach of the Rochester Youth Climate Leaders
  • Anna Cerosaletti, junior at Penfield High School, director of operations of NY2CL, and head of "Color Your School Green" efforts for Climate Solutions Accelerator
  • Linden Burack, junior at School of the Arts, member of the Collective Impact Initiative Steering Committee with Climate Solutions Accelerator, and member of the Urban Ecologists Program for the Seneca Park Zoo