Since launching, the COVID Advocacy Exchange has engaged 288 global and local advocacy organizations in live sessions covering a variety of topics—shaped by advocate feedback—with more to come. Sessions so far have included panel discussions, small group discussions, and a Q&A-style interview with an exclusive guest speaker. 

Speakers

April 8th, 2021

Addressing Gaps in Healthcare Through Real World Advocacy

Reverend Anthony Evans
President of the National Black Church Initiative

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Danielle Halstrom
Head, R&D, GPS and Commercial Communications & Global Advocacy Corporate Affairs, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Dave Fuehrer
CEO, and CoFounder, GRYT Health

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Tanya Ryder
Tanya Ryder, M.Ed., Director, DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

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Venus Ginés
CEO and Founder of Dia de la Mujer Latina

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March 23rd, 2021

Resilience: Leading in a Reset World Workshop

Ann M. Powell
Global Chief Human Resource Officer

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Charlene Wheeless
Senior Advisor, Gagen MacDonald

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Maril MacDonald
CEO and Founder, Gagen MacDonald

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Patricia Bayerlein
Executive Director, Gagen MacDonald

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March 11, 2021

Outlining Our Paths to Impact and Change

Rachel Giles
MD, PhD (IKCC Chair) Von Hippel-Lindau Organization / Living with Bladder or Kidney Cancer Netherlands

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February 11th 2021

Harnessing Our United Strength to Create Meaningful Change

Sheila Thorne
President and CEO, Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group, LLC

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Tina Ripperger
Accenture, Managing Director What If Innovation, Partner, Global Head of Life Sciences

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January 14th 2021

Advocacy for Advancements: Patient Insight Influencing Action

Brian Lee
Director, Global Advocacy, CV, Fibrosis, MS and LCM, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Maria Dutarte
Coordinator, European Patients’ Academy (EUPATI)

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Mellanie True Hills
CSP, Founder and CEO, StopAfib.org

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Neil Bertelsen
HTAi Patient and Citizen Involvement Group

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December 17th 2020

Building Stronger Relationships Across Healthcare Through Empathy

Erin Galyean
Author, Speaker, & Trainer

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Laura Adams
Special Advisor, National Academy of Medicine Catalyst, X4Health Principal, Laura Adams Consulting

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Sandra Leung
Executive Vice President, General Counsel Bristol Myers Squibb

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Shanelle Gabriel
HBO Def Poet/ Singer/ Activist/ Advocate for Lupus Awareness

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November 12th 2020

Taking Action to Correct Health Inequities

Anthonise Louis Fields PhD
Director, Strategic Collaborations, World Wide Medical, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Feyikemi (Kemi) Osundina PharmD, MS
Associate Director of Oncology Advocacy, Bristol Myers Squibb

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John L. Damonti
President, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Kristen D. Krause PhD, MPH
Deputy Director, Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS)

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Patricia (Patti) Mae Doykos PhD
Lead, Health Equity Initiative and Director, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Perry N. Halkitis PhD, MS, MPH
Dean, Professor of Urban-Global Public Health, and Director of Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) at the Rutgers School of Public Health

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Steven Kramer
Deaf Community Representative

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October 14th 2020

Moving Forward and Rebuilding

Adam Grant
Organizational Psychologist The Wharton School of Business Bestselling Author Host: WorkLife, a TED Original Podcast

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Chris Boerner PhD
Executive Vice President, Chief Commercialization Officer, Bristol Myers Squibb

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October 8th 2020

Getting Back to Work

Noreen Gleason
Executive Director, Business Continuity and Corporate Event Response Team Lead, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Tinamarie Duff
Global Lead, Differently-Abled Workplace Network (DAWN) People and Business Resource Group, Bristol Myers Squibb

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September 10th 2020

Getting Back to Normal: Care by Putting Patients First

Dr. Nicholas A.J. Botwood BSc, MB BS, MRCP, MFPM
Head of US Medical Affairs, Interim Head of Oncology Development, Bristol Myers Squibb

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July 23rd 2020

The Patient Voice & Patient-Focused Drug Development

Begonya Nafria
Coordinator, Share4Rare & Patient Engagement in Research Coordinator, Sant Joan de Déu Children's Hospital

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Danielle Halstrom
Head, R&D, GPS and Commercial Communications & Global Advocacy Corporate Affairs, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Kathleen A. Arntsen
President & CEO, Lupus and Allied Diseases Association, Inc.

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Oriana Sousa
SCOCHT survivor, Founder/Psychologist, Dealing with Cancer, Patient Advocate, Rare 2030, EUPATI Student

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Samit Hirawat M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Global Drug Development, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Tamás Bereczky MA, PhD
Courses and Contents Coordinator, EUPATI

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July 16th 2020

Reshaping Healthcare: Thinking Differently after COVID

Eleanor M. Perfetto Edwards Ph.D., M.S.
Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, National Health Council (NHC)

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Ester Banque
SVP & Head of Intercontinental Commercial, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Katie Rizvi
Youth Cancer Europe Co-Founder and Executive Director

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KT Jones
Cancer Survivor & Patient Advocate

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Lily Cannon
Operations Manager, Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF)

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July 9th 2020

Preventive Care & COVID

Anita Wiseman
Campaigns and Partnerships, World Stroke Organization

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Jessica Valence
Colorectal Cancer Survivor, Patient Advocate, Director of Operations, GRYT Health

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Lisa Berry Edwards
Managing Director, External Affairs, Prevent Cancer Foundation

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Patrick E. McBride MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC, FNLA
Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Former Associate Dean of Faculty, and Associate Dean for Students; Former Director, UW Preventive Cardiology Program

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Richard Wender M.D.
Professor, Family and Community Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University

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Robert C. Block MD, MPH, FACP, FNLA,
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences and the Cardiology Division, Department of Medicine, University of Rochester

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July 2nd 2020

Practical Solutions for Patients during COVID

Anders Thelborg
General Manager, Bristol Myers Squibb Denmark

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Diane Gross
National Director of Advocacy and Programs, Lupus Research Alliance

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Gaetano Crupi
President and General Manager, Bristol Myers Squibb Brazil

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Kelly Brassil Ph.D., R.N.
Director of Medical Affairs, Pack Health

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Megan-Claire Chase
Cancer Survivor, Blogger & Patient Advocate

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Pat Masterson
Vice President, HUSCO International, MaskForce LLC

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June 25th 2020

Mental Health, Well-Being, and Psychosocial Support for Patients

Catherine Benedict Ph.D.
Psychologist, Stanford University School of Medicine

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Dominika Czarnota-Szałkowska
Secretary General, Polish Multiple Sclerosis Society, Executive Committee Member, European Multiple Sclerosis Platform

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Jasmin Watson-El
MS Patient Ambassador

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Kelly Davis
Director of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services, Mental Health America (MHA)

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Teri S. Brister Ph.D., LPC
National Director Research & Quality Assurance, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

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June 18th 2020

Telemedicine and Access to Care

Adriana Zupa-Fernandez
Global PBRG (People & Business Resource Group) Lead, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Dr. Morhaf Al Achkar
Lung Cancer survivor, Family Physician UW Medicine

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Leticia Ferri MD MSc MBA PhD,
Global Lead, OLA (Organization for Latino Achievement), Bristol Myers Squibb

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Matt Bouchonville MD
Associate Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Associate Director, ECHO Institute, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

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Sandeep Pulim M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Bluestream Health

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Sirisha Mohan M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Telemedicine Physician Lead, Interim Associate Program Director, Family Medicine Residency Program, Department of Family Medicine, Keck School of Medicine

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June 11th 2020

Safely Returning to Clinical Trials

Christopher D. Ferris MD, PhD, MPH
Gastroenterologist, Tryon Medical Partners

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Dr. Amy C. Moore
Director, Science & Research, GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

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Kathleen Griffin
Executive Director, Partnerships and Digital Engagement, Syneos Health

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Kathryn (Kate) Owen
Senior Vice President, Major Markets, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Upal Basu Roy PhD, MPH
Vice President of Research, LUNGevity Foundation

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June 4th 2020

Going Virtual: Best Practices for Advocacy Organizations

Crista Lopes
Professor, University of California, Irvine

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Dave Fuehrer
CEO, and CoFounder, GRYT Health

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Lorna Warwick
CEO, Lymphoma Coalition

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Nick Giallourakis
Co-Founder and President, Elephants and Tea

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Shwen Gwee
VP and Head of Global Digital Strategy, Bristol Myers Squibb

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May 28th 2020

Coalitions & Collaboration

Dr. Cary Adams
CEO, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

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Pat Garcia-Gonzalez
CEO, The Max Foundation

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Trudie C A Lobban
MBE, Founder & Trustee, Arrhythmia Alliance, Founder & CEO, AF Association, Founder & CEO, STARS

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May 21st 2020

Welcome & Introduction

Andrea Vassalotti
Partnerships & Programmes Director, World Heart Federation

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Catherine Owen
Senior Vice President, Major Markets, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Cathy Trzaskawka
Executive Director & Head, Global Advocacy, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Dave Fuehrer
CEO, and CoFounder, GRYT Health

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Gary Nolan
Independent Advisor

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Seth D. Ginsberg
CO-Founder, Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF)

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Wayne Eskridge
CEO, Fatty Liver Foundation

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November 6th 2020

The Impact of The COVID Advocacy Exchange

Chris Boerner PhD
Executive Vice President, Chief Commercialization Officer, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Dave Fuehrer
CEO, and CoFounder, GRYT Health

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Gary Nolan
Independent Advisor

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Katheryn (Kate) Owen
Senior Vice President, Global Development Operations, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Megan-Claire Chase
Cancer Survivor, Blogger & Patient Advocate

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Samit Hirawat M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Global Drug Development, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Sandra Leung
Executive Vice President, General Counsel Bristol Myers Squibb

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Sirisha Mohan M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Telemedicine Physician Lead, Interim Associate Program Director, Family Medicine Residency Program, Department of Family Medicine, Keck School of Medicine

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Trudie C A Lobban
MBE, Founder & Trustee, Arrhythmia Alliance, Founder & CEO, AF Association, Founder & CEO, STARS

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Wayne Eskridge
CEO, Fatty Liver Foundation

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