Socio-Cultural Consequences of the Pandemic: A Live Panel of Experts with Moderation by Dr. Linda Whiteford

february, 2021

24feb11:00 am12:00 pmVirtual EventSocio-Cultural Consequences of the Pandemic: A Live Panel of Experts with Moderation by Dr. Linda Whiteford


(Wednesday) 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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The problems of social and economic inequalities are amplifying the challenge of managing COVID-19 globally and exposing structural fragility. The panel will discuss
– COVID-19 Social strategies
– Community responses during COVID-19
– The roles of different organizations and professions
– Impacts of COVID-19 on age, gender, and profession
– Social challenges and consequences of COVID-19

Speakers for this event

  • Donna J. Petersen, ScD, MHS, CPH

    Donna J. Petersen, ScD, MHS, CPH

    Dr. Donna Petersen is Dean, College of Public Health, and Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health, at the University of South Florida. She earned her masters and doctoral degrees from The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in maternal and child health and held leadership positions at the Minnesota Department of Health, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham before joining USF. She is past president of the National Board of Public Health Examiners, past Chair of the Council on Education for Public Health, and immediate-past Chair of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. Locally she serves on the Hillsborough County Health Care Plan Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg. Since March 2020 she has chaired the University of South Florida COVID-19 Task Force.


  • Dr. Linda Whiteford

    Dr. Linda Whiteford

    Linda M. Whiteford (PhD, MPH) is Emerita Professor of Anthropology (USF), Founding Co-Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center at USF, has consulted for WHO, PAHO, USAID, the World Bank, and the Canadian Agency for International Development; received National Science Foundation (NSF) research awards, and School for Advanced Research Seminar (SAR) Awards. Currently engaged with the University College London RReal Project, and the AAA Anthropological Responses to Health Emergencies (ARHE).


  • Mark Nichter, Ph.D., M.P.H

    Mark Nichter, Ph.D., M.P.H

    Mark Nichter is Regents Professor emeritus and former coordinator of the Graduate Medical Anthropology Training Program at the University of Arizona. He holds a Doctorate degree in Anthropology as well as a master’s degree in public health, and Post-doctorate training in cultural psychiatry and clinical anthropology. Mark holds joint appointments in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and the College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. He has four decades of experience conducting health-related research in South and SE Asia, West Africa, and North America. Mark is widely published and well known to both the health social science and global health communities. He has worked as an adviser to several international health and development organizations and has been a member of three Institute of Medicine panels. Mark is currently a member of three COVID-19 related Task Forces and is the co-founder of, a 501(c)3 coalition in support of health care workers and their families during the pandemic. His other current research includes projects on emerging and neglected tropical diseases, the human microbiome, antibiotic overuse, tobacco control, and plastic pollution and its impact on the environment. Mark has been the recipient of several awards including the Margaret Mead and Robert Textor Anticipatory Anthropology award bestowed by the American Anthropological Association, the Career Achievement and Graduate Student Mentor awards presented by the Society for Medical Anthropology, and the Welcome Medal for Research in Anthropology as Applied to Medical Problems conferred by the Royal Anthropological Institute UK.


  • Sasha Weiss

    Sasha Weiss

    Sasha Weiss is the culture editor of the New York Times Magazine, overseeing coverage of literature, film, visual arts, theater, music, and dance, and editing stories on a wide range of cultural figures–from Terry Gross to Jordan Peele to Bad Bunny to Michelangelo. She has written for the New Yorker, Slate, and the New York Times, most recently on one of the last major Broadway productions before the pandemic, a revival of West Side Story.

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