"What Makes Health Systems Resilient Against Infectious Disease Outbreaks and Natural Hazards?" Professor Jennifer Nuzzo

When and Where

Monday, February 22, 2021 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Professor Jennifer Nuzzo, Associate Professor, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Several recent public health emergencies, such as the Ebola outbreak and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, have reinforced the critical importance of health system resilience. This talk will present key elements needed to build resilient health systems that can effectively respond to infectious disease emergencies and natural hazards, and specifically, health system actors could pursue to achieve desired health outcomes during health crises. Existing frameworks for measuring and motivating countries’ health security will also be discussed. Finally, the talk will address future efforts needed to improve resilience to public health crises.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Nuzzo is a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering and the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations. An epidemiologist by training, her work focuses on global health security, with a focus on pandemic preparedness, outbreak detection and response, health systems as they relate to global health security, biosurveillance, and infectious disease diagnostics. She directs the Outbreak Observatory, which conducts, in partnership with frontline public health practitioners, operational research to improve outbreak preparedness and response.

Watch the recording of the webinar below


This is a School of Cities Seminar Series "Building Resilience in Food and Health Supply Chains"

Supply chains are the primary societal infrastructure for the production, delivery, and recycling of goods and services. Though sometimes invisible, supply chains are the systems that ensure that flour is available in your grocery store, that hospitals have sufficient personal protective equipment, and that there are enough trained staff to administer medical tests, deliver babies, and check-out your groceries. While much of the effort in supply chains over the past 50 years has been to make them agile, fast, and cheap, there is a growing realization that supply chains must be able to adapt to disruptions from local events such as the inability for a plane to land due to weather to global changes such as the closing of the US-Canada border due to COVID-19.

This seminar series seeks to develop a multi-disciplinary understanding of resilient supply chains by examining two which are of critical importance to everyday life: food and health supply chains. The talks in this series look at these supply chains, both independently and together, through the inclusion of diverse speakers representing at least the following perspectives:

  • Supply Chain Optimization 
  • Northern and Remote Food and Health Security
  • Urban Food Systems
  • Systems of Food Production
  • Healthcare Systems