Crisis Management in the New Normal of a the Coronavirus Health Pandemic: A Conversation with Lauren Supina

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During these uncertain times as the world is changing daily in front us, our way of living has been deeply impacted as the Coronavirus global pandemic spreads. Public health officials, scientists, futurists, strategists, and critics for years have stated the next global dilemma or crisis would not be weapons, but an outbreak of a health epidemic and infectious disease. On March 11, 2020, The World Health Organization officially declared the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, classifying COVID-19 as a disease that has spread over many countries and continents. The outbreak was not an unforeseen problem, but a recurrence. The world witnessed the SARS, MERS, and H1N1 outbreaks almost two decades ago and epidemiologists and security experts had been warning for some time that the US was unprepared. And when the pandemic caused global financial markets to crash, it merely was the catalyst that sent a house of cards tumbling after many warnings.

In the midsts of the crisis we will see a burgeoning amount of ideas and collaborations, but to understand what’s at the crux a bigger perspective and organized plan is key in order to execute solutions. As many physicians and medical professors have stipulated, there is no more need for another hackathon or invention of a new ventilator during the times of human health crises. The problems lie deeply in the supply chain area and production and resources need to be reallocated in those areas. Time and speed is of the essence.

“The more agencies and organizations communicate and share resources immediately the quicker problems can be addressed.” 
– Lauren Supina

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Lauren Supina is a strategist for foundations and companies seeking to form cross-sector partnerships for social impact. She has deep expertise in advancing women’s economic and political power both domestically and internationally. Appointed by President Bill Clinton as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Women’s Initiatives and Outreach, Lauren built support for the Clinton Administration’s policies and agenda with national and international women’s organizations. She served as the Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships at Women Thrive, a voice for global women’s advocacy.

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