June 26, 2020

Coronavirus: Helping First Responders

On June 26 at 12:00 p.m. ET, Washington Post Live welcomes Thrive Global founder and CEO Arianna Huffington, Harvard School of Public Health dean Michelle A. Williams and CAA Foundation executive director Natalie Tran to shine a spotlight on first responders suffering from burnout, exhaustion and mental stress in the fight against COVID-19. With a second wave already underway in 20 states, it is a problem that is only likely to grow. Guests will address this lesser-known public health crisis unfolding before us, as well as the disproportionate effect of coronavirus on minority populations and the overall impact of racism on public health.
First responders face a possible mental health crisis, suffering from burnout, exhaustion and acute stress in the fight against the coronavirus. Michelle A. Williams, the dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, said it’s important that medical workers become aware of the own mental and physical well-being to effectively care for others and themselves. ‘Self-care saves lives,’ Williams said.
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When asked what the media can do to raise awareness about the mental stress first responders are experiencing, Arianna Huffington said the media can give medical workers a platform to tell their own stories. ‘Eliminating the stigma starts with people acknowledging what they’re going through then we can help people...’
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Communities of color have been disproportionally affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Michelle A. Williams, the dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, said the pandemic has amplified the ‘pervasive inequity that has existed in our country from its founding,’ and ‘racism, as we’ve seen, is a public health crisis.’ ‘We’re actually undergoing what one would call a triple pandemic. That is the pandemic of COVID-19, the pandemic of the economic devastation that we’re all experiencing and the pandemic of systemic racism...’
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Arianna Huffington
Founder and CEO, Thrive Global
Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on numerous boards, including Onex and The B Team. Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers.
Michelle A. Williams
Dean, Harvard School of Public Health
Michelle A. Williams, SM ’88, ScD ’91, is Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development, a joint faculty appointment at the Harvard Chan School and Harvard Kennedy School. She is an internationally renowned epidemiologist and public health scientist, an award-winning educator, and a widely recognized academic leader. Prior to becoming Dean, she was Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School and Program Leader of the Population Health and Health Disparities Research Programs at Harvard’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Center. Dean Williams previously had a distinguished career at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Her scientific work places special emphasis in the areas of reproductive, perinatal, pediatric, and molecular epidemiology. Dean Williams has published over 450 scientific articles. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2016. The Dean has a master’s in civil engineering from Tufts University and master’s and doctoral degrees in epidemiology from the Harvard Chan School.
Natalie Tran
Executive Director, CAA Foundation
Natalie Tran serves as the Executive Director of the CAA Foundation at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). The CAA Foundation harnesses the power and reach of the entertainment industry to create positive social change by forging strategic partnerships, encouraging volunteerism, granting financial contributions, stimulating public awareness, and providing in-kind donations. Based in Los Angeles, Tran consults clients, executives, and corporations on their philanthropic and pro-social initiatives. Tran managed the company's internship program and was responsible for guiding relationships with top universities to support the recruitment of qualified, diverse candidates for internship and entry-level opportunities. She also co-manages the Trainee and CAA Global Fellows programs, both dedicated to developing future generations of Agents/Executives and industry leaders. She is a founding member of FORWARD, a women’s committee dedicated to engaging, inspiring, and developing women at the agency, and helping to empower and connect women across the industry.
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