Monkeypox: Responding to an Emerging Outbreak

Friday, June 24, 2022 - 3:00pm


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A new virus is, once again, spreading in the U.S., making people in vulnerable communities ill and challenging our public health system. While the number of confirmed monkeypox cases is currently low, the true number of cases is likely far higher. Community-based organizations, public health agencies, and individuals can play an important role in raising awareness, accelerating time to diagnosis and care, and understanding how to prevent infection. Join us for this virtual panel of health professionals to learn more about the monkeypox outbreak and what we can each do in our communities to help stop it.

What you'll learn:

  • What monkeypox is and where the virus came from
  • How monkeypox spreads
  • Signs and symptoms of monkeypox
  • Risks that monkeypox poses to the U.S. population
  • Methods we have at our disposal to prevent the spread and impact of monkeypox
  • Actions you can take to support community health and well-being


  • Emily Lutterloh, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Epidemiology, New York State Department of Health
  • Keletso Makofane, MPH, PhD, Health and Human Rights Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University
  • Jay Varma, Director, Cornell Center for Pandemic Prevention and Response; Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Heidi Torres, MD, Instructor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases; Assistant Hospital Epidemiologist, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine


  • Gen Meredith, Associate Director, Cornell Master of Public Health Program; Professor of Practice, Department of Public and Ecosystem Health, Cornell University