Understanding COVID-19: Minnesota-Cuba Innovations & Research

On December 16, 2020, leaders in public health, nursing, and medicine from the University of Minnesota and Cuba gathered at a virtual forum to share their experiences working on the frontlines against COVID-19. Panelists explored topics related to: public health measures, clinical care and therapies, and the outlook on new vaccines.

Webinar Agenda & Panelists

Moderator: Gail Reed, Executive Editor of MEDICC Review

Brief overview (time in video: 5:28)

  • COVID in Minnesota: Michael Osterholm, PhD, Regents Professor of Public Health, Director, Center for Infectious Disease Policy
  • COVID in Cuba: Francisco Durán, MD, National Director of Epidemiology Cuba

Containment: Schools and universities (time in video: 26:23)

  • Ileana Morales Suarez MD, MS National Director of Science and Technology Innovation for the Ministry of Health
  • Minnesota: Jakub Tolar, Dean of Medical School, Vice President for Clinical Affairs

Clinical trials and vaccines: What is working? (time in video: 55:51)

  • Cuba: Dagmar García, Director of Research Finlay Vaccine Institute
  • Minnesota: Tim Schacker, MD, Clinical Trials for Treatments and Vaccination, VP Medical School

Clinical care during and after COVID (time in video: 1:26:41)

  • Cuba (Acute Care): Daniel González, MD, Director of Clinical Car Tropical Medical Institute
  • Minnesota (Post-Acute Care): Laura Reed, DNP, RN Chief Nursing Executive and Chief Operating Officer, MHealth Fairview, speaking about COVID Survivor Clinic

We anticipate holding future events and opportunities that advance discussion and information sharing between Cuba and Minnesota.

Contact Teddie Potter (tmpotter@umn.edu) or John Oswald (oswal007@umn.edu) to stay informed about these efforts.

Short Video Features

Welcome Remarks
“My hope is that [this] forum opens the door for future engagement and learning.” — University of Minnesota President Joan T.A. Gabel

Closing Remarks
“We need your insights and expertise now more than ever…If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that our world is more connected than ever before.” — U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

Event Sponsors

This event is jointly sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and MEDICC Review.

Questions? Contact John Oswald (oswal007@umn.edu), University of Minnesota School of Public Health, or Teddie Potter (tmpotter@umn.edu), University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

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