Join The 19th for an afternoon of critical conversations on the nation’s fight to defeat the COVID pandemic — and the lessons we’ve learned from it.
We’ll hear from the top women leading the Biden-Harris administration’s coronavirus response, state leaders blazing the trail in vaccine distribution, and the frontline researchers and health care workers battling misinformation and racial disparities as they race to get shots in arms.
View the full schedule and our outstanding lineup of speakers below. Registration is absolutely free! To be notified of future 19th events, sign up for our newsletter.
Keynote conversation | 1:04 p.m. CT
- Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Chair, Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force
- Moderator: Shefali Luthra, Health Care Reporter, The 19th
Keynote conversation | 1:36 p.m. CT
- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
- Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska Chief Medical Officer
- Moderator: Amanda Becker, Washington Correspondent, The 19th
Sponsor session by 3M | 2:09 p.m. CT
- Melissa E. Clarke, Consultant, Physician Clinical Transformation, 3M
- Mojdeh Poul, EVP, Health Care Business Group, 3M
- Omar Vargas, VP, Global Government Affairs, 3M
Performance | 2:14 p.m. CT
- Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles: “Brave”
Panel discussion | 2:19 p.m. CT
How to build trust — and get America vaccinated
- Evelyn Perez-Verdia, CEO and Anti-Disinformation Advocate, We Are Más
- Dr. Angela Rasmussen, Virologist/Affiliate, Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security
- Dr. Amanda P. Williams, OB/GYN and Maternity Director, Kaiser Permanente, Northern California
- Dr. Seema Yasmin, Public Health Doctor, Disease Disinformation Expert, Stanford University
- Moderator: Jessica Malaty Rivera, Science Communication Lead, The COVID Tracking Project
Panel discussion | 2:55 p.m. CT
The 19th Reports: Imani’s Story
Hear how a Black mother fought for equitable health care for her infant son — from repeat heart surgeries to COVID infections — amid a pandemic and a summer of racial reckoning.
- Amira Carson-Carey and baby Imani
- Moderator: Ko Bragg, General Assignment Reporter, The 19th
Panel discussion | 3:10 p.m. CT
Lessons Worth Learning
How COVID widened gaps in our health care systems — and what we can do about it.
- Dr. Michelle Nichols, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs & Medical Director, Morehouse School of Medicine
- Abigail Echo-Hawk, Director, Urban Indian Health Institute
- Dr. Laura Erickson-Schroth, Psychiatrist, Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBTQ+ Youth
- Dr. Eva Galvez, Board Chair, Migrant Clinicians Network
- Moderator: Samantha Artiga, VP and Director, Racial Equity and Health Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation