Next Friday CIL will host our third leadership research forum, this one with a bent towards health, and the intersection of science, ethics and leadership.
As you may have heard on public radio or TPT , or the Star Tribune, flu vaccines aren't as effective as we had hoped. According to research done by forum researchers Dr. Michael Osterholm and Nick Kelley, PhD, the vaccines are really around 59% effective for adults who receive the typical shot form. This research has been reported far and wide, and caused many people to question the value of being vaccinated.
The question then becomes: as public health practitioners, what do you do to be honest with the public about the effectiveness of the vaccines they are choosing to receive, while also trying to protect the health of the public as a whole including those who need it most, children and the elderly? Can you encourage everyone to receive a vaccine that will only prevent them from getting sick 59% of the time? How does an experienced expert and leader in the field span the boundaries between researcher, public health advocate, and advocate for better options?
On Friday Osterholm and Kelley will bring their experiences, insights and continuing debates to share and discuss with us next Friday (11:30a-1p). Lunch will be provided, but please RSVP here. For the abstract and additional info, please see the forum info page on our website.
We hope you'll join us!