Sepsis Alliance Summit Keynotes: Global View, Advocacy and Advancing Health Beyond the Pandemic

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A Global View of Sepsis: The Need for Advocacy

COVID-19 is highlighting many of the underlying issues that have plagued those afflicted with sepsis. Now more than ever we need to address the many facets of sepsis. While the clinical issues have always been at the forefront of our efforts, we are unlikely to succeed unless we understand the socio-demographic underpinnings of sepsis and harness innovation and advocacy to address all aspects of sepsis.

Beyond the Pandemic: Advancing Health in 2021

Over the past decade, the nation has witnessed ongoing and historic change in health care finance and delivery, spanning passage of the Affordable Care Act to the current pandemic crisis. This transformation has affected medical providers and the patients they serve in multiple ways. This session highlights newer health initiatives, discusses anticipated developments in 2021, and describes the critical need for effective advocacy.

This course was originally recorded in September 2020 as part of the 2020 Sepsis Alliance Summit.

Target Audience

Nurses, physicians, pharmacists, emergency responders, healthcare management teams, and other healthcare staff may benefit.

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Niranjan "Tex" Kissoon, MD, FRCP(C), FAAP, MCCM, FACPE

Executive Medical Director, Children’s and Women’s Global Health UBC and BCCH; Professor Pediatric Emergency Medicine; University of British Columbia and BC Children’s Hospital; Vice President, Global Sepsis Alliance

Niranjan Kissoon is Professor, BC Children’s Hospital and UBC Global Child Health, Department of Paediatrics and Emergency Medicine University of British Columbia. Niranjan Kissoon is Past President of the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS); Professor, Pediatric and Surgery at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. He holds the UBC BC Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair in Acute and Critical Care for Global Child Health, is Vice President, Global Alliance for Sepsis (GSA), Co-Chair, World Sepsis Day, International Pediatric Sepsis Initiative, and the Pediatric Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guideline Committee.


Dora Hughes, MD, MPH

Associate Research Professor, George Washington University

Dr. Dora Hughes is Research Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health and Research Associate Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at The George Washington University, where her work focuses on the intersection of clinical and community health, social determinants of health, health equity, healthcare quality and workforce. Previously, Dr. Hughes was a Senior Policy Advisor at Sidley Austin, where she advised on regulatory and legislative matters in the life science industry. Prior to that, she served for nearly four years in the Obama Administration as Counselor for Science & Public Health to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at HHS. Dr. Hughes began her career in health policy as Senior Program Officer at the Commonwealth Fund, and subsequently as Deputy Director for the HELP Committee under Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She then served as the Health Policy Advisor to former Senator Barack Obama. Dr. Hughes received a BS from Washington University, MD from Vanderbilt, and MPH from Harvard. She completed internal medicine residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

No continuing education credits are offered for this session. 

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This activity includes two pre-recorded keynote presentations from the Sepsis Alliance Summit. This course can be completed at your convenience.