Dean Fairchild, Elisabeth Root discuss public health’s critical role in pandemic response

  • Misti Crane
May 26, 2020

In a recent online discussion that focused on public health’s critical role in COVID-19 response, Dean Amy Fairchild put matters into perspective. 

Public health is “the front lines out in front of the front lines,” she told an audience of invited guests during the third in a webinar series from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center entitled COVID 19: From the Front Lines

Fairchild and Elisabeth Root, an associate professor of epidemiology and geography in Ohio State’s colleges of Public Health and Arts and Sciences, offered public health perspectives on issues including historic health inequities worsened by the pandemic, the value of  wearing a mask in public and the challenges of balancing economic concerns against potential lives lost. 

“Human life is valuable — highly valuable. Perhaps the most valuable thing we have,” said Root, who has been serving as an advisor to state leadership during Ohio’s pandemic response. 

Peter Mohler, the medical center’s chief scientific officer and director of the Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, was also part of the moderated discussion. 


About The Ohio State University College of Public Health

The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in educating students, creating new knowledge through research, and improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Ohio and beyond.  The College's divisions include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, and health services management and policy.   It is ranked 19th among all colleges of public health in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report, and also includes the top 7-ranked MHA degree program.  The College provides leadership and expertise for Ohio and the world through its Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Evaluation Studies (HOPES) and Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP).