Date：22 July (Thursday)
Time: 09:00 – 10:30 (GMT+8)
Professor and Director of Center for Global Health
Oregon State University
Dr. Chunhuei Chi is a professor of the Global Health Program, Health Management and Policy Program, and the Director of Center for Global Health in College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. He established the Master of Public Health in International Health Program (renamed Global Health in 2016) in 1993. He completed his Master of Public Health degree in International Health from University of Texas School of Public Health, and Doctor of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He served as a consultant or policy advisor for Taiwan's National Health Insurance Administration, Health Promotion Administration, and as an advisory committee member of Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare's Bureau of International Collaboration. He is a visiting professor at Taipei Medical University in Taiwan, and National Chengchi University in Taiwan. He has been invited as a visiting professor in universities in Chile, Japan, Norway, and Taiwan. In 2002 he assisted National Yang-Ming University to establish Taiwan’s first International Health Program. His research focuses on international collaboration for equitable and sustainable health development, global health governance, health systems finance and strengthening, a new framework of critical program evaluation for international health, and universal healthcare and comparative health care systems. He also volunteers for various advocacy organizations to promote universal health care in Oregon and in the U.S. Since December of 2019, he has been closely following and studying the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, its global impacts, and international and national responses. He has been interviewed over 250 times by media around the U.S. and the world since the pandemic, such as Al Jazeera, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Deutsch Welle, Die Zeit, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, Politico, Radio France International, SVT, South China Morning Post, RIA Novosti, etc. on the COVID-19 pandemic control policies. Further, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, he has been invited to give numerous webinars on the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the National University of Chile Faculty of Economics and Management, Asia Society, Carnegie Endowment for Peace, and APEC, etc.
The COVID-19 pandemic caught most nations off guard and racked havoc with massive mortality and morbidity, while also caused major economic damage and disruption of our life and work. At the same time, countries responded to this pandemic with wide-ranging variations in policies and attitudes and resulting in very different outcomes. This presentation will focus on analyzing the differences in country policy response and consequences. After a brief introduction of the nature of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the way COVID-19 spread around the world, I will review effective pandemic control policies that some nations have implemented with a high level of success and outcomes. Further, I will analyze key social-political factors that help us to explain the variations in national responses, as well as key advancement of knowledge on highly contagious diseases and biotechnology during the pandemic. Also, I will examine what went wrong in global health governance that we failed to prevent this pandemic, and our inability to implement a more equitable distribution of mass vaccinations around the world, and propose strategies to improve global health governance and collaboration in promoting population health. Finally, we will look into the strategies of how we can control this global pandemic effectively and move towards a post-pandemic era, what the post-COVID-19 world may be lying ahead for us, and how we may prepare for it or reshape it.