• Jun 12, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
  • Location: Online - Complimentary
  • Latest Activity: Jun 15, 2020


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The harmful impacts of COVID-19 are being experienced worldwide and, as a result, countries across the world are experiencing social disruption and unprecedented stresses on their health and social care systems. Given the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we have an opportunity to learn from one another about what actions are being taken – or could be taken – to address the effects on our safety net programs and systems. While there are differences between the US and Europe, there are also similarities that can shed light on potential solutions and innovations that can be leveraged to improve outcomes, operational efficiency and effectiveness in the near- and longer-terms. We’ll hear from leaders representing countries across Europe, Canada and the US during the webinar.

About the Presenters 

Alfonso MonteroAlfonso Lara Montero | Chief Executive, European Social Network

Alfonso Lara Montero is the Chief Executive Officer of the European Social Network (ESN) that brings together 140 member organisations in 36 countries from public authorities in the field of social services responsible for managing, financing, delivering and inspecting social services across Europe. Working closely with them, ESN supports social inclusion and better life chances through the delivery of quality social services. Alfonso has led ESN’s thematic work on mental health, children’s services, integrated services, evidence-based social services and long-term care for older people and people with disabilities. Alfonso has over 10 years’ experience in public policy, has authored and co-authored several publications on social services, advised several European projects and contributed to academic journals, newspapers and specialist social care magazines. Before joining ESN at the beginning of 2010, Alfonso worked in project management in the private sector, and consultancy in the third sector. Alfonso is a graduate from the University of Granada in Spain, The College of Europe in Poland, University College London and The Solvay Business School in Brussels.


DR. Pierre-Gerlier (PG) ForestDR. Pierre-Gerlier (PG) Forest | Director, the School of Public Policy 

Pierre-Gerlier (PG) Forest is the Director of the School of Public Policy and James S. and Barbara A. Palmer Chair in public policy at the University of Calgary. PG Forest also holds an appointment as Professor of Community Health Science in the Cumming School of Medicine.

Prior to joining the School of Public Policy in 2016, PG Forest was Director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy at Johns Hopkins University and a Professor with the Bloomberg School of Public Health. From 2006 to 2013, he was president of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, a Canadian granting institution that encourages innovation in policy. In 2003, PG Forest was appointed to the G.D.W. Cameron Visiting Chair before becoming Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Scientist (2004-2006) with Health Canada, the federal department of health. In 2001, he had joined the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada where as Director of Research, he was responsible for the evidence produced and used by the Commission and contributed directly to its publications.

Dr. Forest spent the first part of his academic career at Université Laval, in Quebec City, where he was Professor of policy analysis and public administration with the department of political science (1990-2007). He is the author of more than a hundred and fifty scientific papers and books; among others, notably: Changing Health Care in Canada (Toronto, 2004) and Paradigm Freeze (Toronto, 2013).

PG Forest obtained a Master’s degree in Political Science at Université Laval (1984) and a PhD. in History and Socio-Politics of Science at Université de Montréal (1989).

Karen SmithKaren Smith, MD, MPH | Former Director, California Department of Public Health

In 2015, former Gov. Brown appointed Dr. Smith as director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Prior to her appointment, Dr. Smith had been medical staff for infectious disease at Queen of the Valley Medical Center since 2012, served as public health officer and deputy director at the Napa County Health and Human Services Agency since 2004, and worked as a faculty consultant at the Francis J. Curry International Tuberculosis Center since 1997.  


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