Coronacast Episode 04 – The Dark Side of Public Health Data Collection & Risk Communication


By: Rhea Almeida and Luisa Portugal

This podcast series includes NYU policy students that will analyze policy issues and solutions emerging in real-time around the country.


On this episode of Coronacast, Kyle Roland walks us through the trade offs between how contact tracing can help us contain the COVID-19 pandemic, and the risks of large-scale public health data collection. Next up, Alexandra Kirton sheds light on the gaps in risk communication and what public officials can do better inform the public.

Our news segment at the beginning of the episode looks at New York City’s Phase 1 reopening amidst Black Lives Matter protests.

Transcript:

0:00: Welcome from hosts Rhea and Luisa

0:33: Top news of the week 

4:35: Kyle Roland on Contact Tracing & the Risks of Public Health Data Collection

12:51: Lexi Kirton on Risk Communication during this Pandemic


Guest Speakers

Alexandra Kirton is a first-year MPA student at NYU Wagner specializing in International Development Management & Policy. She was recently awarded the John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service and will work with the NYC Department of Emergency Management. Her past experience includes working as a federal contractor for the US Government in international trade and development.

Kyle Roland is a first-year MPA student at NYU Wagner specializing in social impact, innovation, and investment. He has a professional background in start-up growth, operations, and product design, as well as migration related humanitarian aid. He enjoys travel, guitar, cooking, and positivity. He also serves as a managing editor for The Wagner Review and Co-Director of Events for Social Innovation and Investment Alliance.


Hosts

Rhea Almeida is first-year MPA international student at NYU Wagner hailing from Mumbai, India. In the past, she has worked in the fields of policy, advocacy, and development for a women’s working rights group in India. Prior to that, she worked as a TV news journalist in New Delhi. Her areas of interest include workers’ rights, gender equality, grassroot level advocacy and coronavirus response policy. In addition to being contributing editor for The Wagner Review, she serves as senator for the Wagner Student Association, and events chair for the Wagner Policy Alliance. She is also the co-founder of the ‘What’s up with Coronavirus Policy’ discussion group.

Luisa Portugal is a first-year MPA student at NYU Wagner specializing in International Development Management & Policy. She earned an LLM in Constitutional Law and Theory in Brazil. Her main topics of interest are international development, climate change and the coronavirus crisis. Luisa will serve as Co-Chair of Events for the Alliance for Climate Change and Environment (ACE) in the upcoming year. She is also the co-founder of the ‘What’s up with Coronavirus Policy’ discussion group.


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