The CommonHealth

The CommonHealth is the podcast of the CSIS Bipartisan Alliance for Global Health Security. On The CommonHealth, hosts J. Stephen Morrison, Katherine Bliss, and Andrew Schwartz delve deeply into the puzzle that connects pandemic preparedness and response, HIV/AIDS, routine immunization, and primary care, areas of huge import to human and national security. The CommonHealth replaces under a single podcast the Coronavirus Crisis Update, Pandemic Planet and AIDS Existential Moment.

Health & Fitness
Heidi Larson, Chair and Co-Founder of the Globa...
In this episode, Heidi Larson, Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, speaks with Katherine about the goals of the Global Listening Project, which is focused on “driving real understanding and positive action to better prepare society for times of crisis.”
26 min
Jenelle Krishnamoorthy, Vice President and Head...
In this episode Merck’s Jenelle Krishnamoorthy, a member of the CSIS Bipartisan Alliance for Global Health Security, joins Katherine to discuss the growing challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR); the importance of incentivizing research and development of new amicrobials, even as there is pressure to use them in a limited way; plans for a United Nations High-Level Meeting on AMR in 2024; and opportunities to improve funding, governance, and international collaboration to meet the global threat of AMR in the years to come.
32 min
Dr. Dylan George, Director, CDC Center for Fore...
Dr. Dylan George, Director of the CDC Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics (CFA), walks us through the CFA’s status, almost two years after its launch.
33 min
Dr. Suerie Moon, Geneva Graduate Institute: “Tr...
Dr. Suerie Moon, Co-Director of the Global Health Center and Professor of Practice, International Relations and Political Science, walks us through the status of the pandemic accord negotiations (underway for two years), the recently released new draft, what lies ahead in the next round of deliberations, and how that diplomatic process relates to parallel negotiations underway over reform of the International Health Regulations (IHR).
29 min
Leonard Rubenstein, JHU: recent conversations i...
Len Rubenstein shares his trenchant, mixed reflections from a September visit to Ukraine, specifically the multiple burdens that the war imposes on Ukrainian society.
18 min
Dr. Eric Goosby: The M72 vaccine could be a bre...
Dr. Eric Goosby walks us through the Lancet Commission report on tuberculosis.
28 min
Kate Dodson, UN Foundation and Nellie Bristol, ...
Kate Dodson, UN Foundation and Nellie Bristol, CSIS Senior Associate, survey the outcomes of the UN General Assembly during the third week of September, with a special focus on SDGs and the health High Level Meetings (HLMs on pandemic preparedness and response, TB, Universal Health Coverage).
35 min
What do we make of 2023’s summer of climate sho...
In this episode of The CommonHealth, we share the audio of a September 11 conversation among several different CSIS scholars on the question of whether the climate shocks of this summer were simply a continuation of underlying trends – an exclamation point – or a thunderclap signaling the arrival of a new moment.
59 min
Dr. Scott Dowell, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun...
Dr. Scott Dowell, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, unpacks the foundation’s $2 billion in investments during the three-year acute phase of the pandemic.
35 min
Dr. Celine Gounder, KFF Health News: “Most peop...
Dr. Celine Gounder walks us through what to expect as the fall respiratory virus season unfolds—the ‘tripledemic’ of Covid, flu, and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus).
24 min
Morrison & Simoneau, ‘The Worst is Over – Now W...
In this episode of The CommonHealth, Andrew Schwartz engages Michaela Simoneau and co-host J. Stephen Morrison on their newly published analysis of the post-Covid moment, “The Worst is Over—Now What?”
33 min
Sera Young, Northwestern University: “Accountab...
In this episode, Sera Young discusses the relationship between gender and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and explains why it’s important to gather data, not just about men’s and women’s access to water and sanitation infrastructure but also about how individuals’ experience of water insecurity affects their physical and mental health.
28 min
Anuradha Gupta, Sabin Vaccine Institute: ‘Wheth...
In this episode, Anuradha Gupta, discusses key findings from the new World Health Organization-UNICEF Estimates of National Immunization Coverage (WUENIC).
41 min
Gary Edson, Covid Collaborative: “PEPFAR is a p...
Gary Edson, Covid Collaborative, reflects on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), now at its 20th anniversary.
30 min
Sheryl Gay Stolberg, NYT: “Our attention has tu...
Sheryl Gay Stolberg, NYT national correspondent on health and politics, unpacks the post-Dobbs era: does it imperil or boost the right to contraception? Or both? Does it put the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) under new scrutiny?
33 min
Dr. Mitch Wolfe: CDC regional offices are inext...
Dr. Mitch Wolfe, former CDC Chief Medical Officer, explains the genesis of CDC’s vision for six regional offices as a “long-term permanent overseas presence” that would expand coverage, deploy senior staff to develop regional strategies, and provide specialized technical expertise.
33 min
Helen Branswell, STAT: “In the spring of 2022, ...
Helen Branswell, STAT, unpacks for us important complicated topics that can, frankly, be confusing. She explains why this is a big moment for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). She illuminates why GAVI is moving ahead with a hexavalent (6-in-1) vaccine that incorporates polio vaccines, and what that signals for the future of global polio control. In her recent profile of Mandy Cohen, the incoming CDC Director, Helen reflects on the changed understanding of what is required to lead CDC effectively. In the post-Covid period, how has health reporting changed?
34 min
Dan Diamond, Washington Post: “Easier to play o...
Dan Diamond reflects on big emerging themes. The administration’s scientific, biomedical, and public health leadership has emptied. What should we make of Mandy Cohen’s appointment to be the next Director of CDC? With the turnover, who will be the “quarterback” of government during the next crisis?
29 min
David Kramer, George W. Bush Institute: “The m...
David Kramer discusses the process of establishing the multi-billion dollar program at the Department of State; how ensuring equitable access to health care services for vulnerable and marginalized populations is important for national security; how investing in HIV services and partnering with countries to strengthen health care improves the relationships of the United States with countries overseas; and why it’s important that Congress reauthorize PEPFAR later this year.
33 min
Jeremy Konyndyk, Refugees International: Oppone...
Jeremy Konyndyk joins us to share his thoughts on diverse crises.
40 min
Matthew Goodman, CSIS: a dramatic G7 Hiroshima ...
Matt Goodman unpacks the several striking developments at the recent G-7 Summit in Hiroshima.
33 min
Adam Havey, Emergent BioSolutions: “Lead with t...
Adam Havey speaks to the “great unwinding” with the end of the Public Health Emergency, including the outstanding work to bring about adequate sustained funding for preparedness capabilities.
36 min
Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House Covid Response ...
Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House Covid Response Coordinator, speaks to the “great unwinding” of the $4.6 trillion pandemic wartime transformation of America into a temporary social democracy.
37 min
Joe Grogan: “Worried about the war that we are ...
Joe Grogan shares his insights on several outstanding policy challenges.
38 min
Thomas Bollyky, CFR: The roots of the US Covid ...
Thomas Bollyky led an ambitious, nuanced effort to break down Covid outcomes across 50 states and Washington DC, published in the Lancet in April.
35 min