On March 1, the Inter-American Dialogue announced the establishment of their Health Task Force that is focused on hemispheric cooperation around recovering from COVID-19 and invited GSL Director Steven Hoffman to serve on it.
The group is made up of academics, a former head of state, a former state governor, two current ministers of health, four former cabinet ministers, a former US HHS Secretary and senior leaders at WHO/World Bank and is co-chaired by Julio Frenk (UMiami) and Helen Gayle (Chicago Community Trust).
The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the flaws in coordination and health policy integration in the Western Hemisphere. The purpose of this task force is to examine the COVID-19 response in the region and identify areas to improve inter-American cooperation and coordination in future health emergencies. The initiative will pursue a cross-sectoral and evidence-based approach.
The group will meet over a 3-month period and publish a white paper to be launched and distributed at a virtual public event with the results and recommendations of the task force meetings.
Steven Hoffman is the only Canada-based member of the task force.
Find a press release about the task force and its members here.