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Frontline Nurses: Leaders in Pandemic Response

General Programming

dateMarch 10, 2021 timeWednesday, 12:00pm EST locationVirtual Event
  • Center for Pandemic Research, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
  • Columbia Center for Oral History Research
  • Columbia Global Centers
  • Columbia School of General Studies
  • Columbia School of Nursing
  • Columbia University Libraries
  • ICAP
  • Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Frontline Nurses
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
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Nurses and midwives are on the frontlines of pandemic response worldwide, but their stories, accrued wisdom, and personal sacrifices are often ignored and unacknowledged. Frontline Nurses, a working group of the Columbia Center for Social Difference, recognizes the critical contribution of nurses and midwives and advocates for their role in forming public health policies -- a project that has become even more urgent during the international battle against COVID-19.

This event will serve to launch, a new site offering first-person accounts of nurses and midwives from Liberia and Sierra Leone who successfully led their communities through the 2014 Ebola outbreak. You are invited to meet, listen to, and engage with these nurses and midwives at our launch event on Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 at 12:00 pm EST. We’ll share the website and hear from project contributors and interviewees.

Opening remarks by Elizabeth Iro, Chief Nursing Officer, World Health Organization
Speakers: Mary Marshall Clark, Jennifer Dohrn, Alex Gil Fuentes, Kurt Holuba, Wilmot James, Cecelia Kpangbala-Flomo, Susan Michaels-Strasser, Anne Mwansa, Murugi Ndirangu, Margaret Phiri, Victoria Rosner, Mina Shah, Joan Shepard, Courtney Vose, Paige West