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Corona Nightmare Edition
Hello! We miss you so much! It took us a couple weeks (months) to get our shit together after the initial body blow of COVID-19 reconfiguring our entire society (and shutting down our beloved Hideout).
But now we’re adjusted, we’re semi-rejuvenated and we’re BACK in action with a special virtual edition of The Girl Talk featuring Chicago’s favorite doctor, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health Allison Arwady, MD, MPH. Dr. Arwady has wowed us all with her calm, focused, reassuring tone — and her deep well of knowledge on epidemiology. This isn’t even her first horrifying infectious disease outbreak rodeo: she worked on the ebola outbreak in Liberia.
So open yourself a High Life, pretend you’re at the Hideout and join us to learn more about the badass woman running our city’s public health response to the COVID-19 crisis, ask your questions, and get a dose of Woz and Jen from the comfort of your own home.
ABOUT OUR GUEST
Dr. Allison Arwady, MD, MPH, is the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). Dr. Arwady started at CDPH in 2015 and served as Chief Medical Officer before being confirmed by the City Council as Commissioner in January, 2020. As Chief Medical Officer she oversaw the disease control, environmental health, emergency preparedness, and behavioral health divisions. She has worked on disease outbreaks, immunization promotion, tuberculosis response, lead poisoning prevention, substance misuse, and more. Prior to CDPH, she worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer. In that role, she focused on outbreak response, including international work on Ebola and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. While based at the Illinois Department of Public Health, she responded to disease outbreaks across the state. She has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University, and completed medical school and clinical training at Yale University. She is a board-certified internal medicine physician and pediatrician, and continues to see primary care patients weekly.
ABOUT THE GIRL TALK
The Girl Talk is a monthly show on the fourth Tuesday of the month hosted by Block Club Chicago co-founder Jen Sabella and public education activist and former CPS teacher Erika Wozniak Francis. It’s produced by media strategist Joanna Klonsky. Each month, we feature influential Chicago women and gender nonconforming individuals fighting for social justice. Of course, all are welcome.