Plenary Panel: Science and public health communication in response to COVID-19.

Building on the successful online taster event that we organised in September 2021, this panel will explore further lessons in science and public health communication in response to the COVID-19. The pandemic has presented unprecedented global challenges, which will impact on the future of knowledge exchange in public health. A panel of international experts will looked at what we have learned about knowledge exchange, and how we can use this knowledge to improve research and practices in the future.

You can see more on our panel here. 

Relational knowledge practices in Covid decision-making


Roland Bal

Roland is a Professor of Healthcare Governance at Erasmus University Rotterdam. His extensive research focuses on the interactions between international, national and organisational policy levels. He will speak about the ethnographic research that he and his group have been doing on COVID-19 decision making, focusing on knowledge practices at different levels.

Translating research during COVID-19: impact on training/technical assistance efforts for adolescent health providers


Dr Jane Powers

Jane is a Project Director for Assets Coming Together (ACT) at Cornell University’s Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. Jane has a wealth of experience and expertise in working with partners to apply research knowledge to practice to improve the lives of children, youth and families.




Mandy Purington

Mandy is Director of Evaluation and Research, ACT for Youth, at Cornell University’s Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. Mandy is passionate about using research and evaluation to promote the health and wellbeing of young people, and is interested in the rich connections between practice and research.

Jane and Mandy will use their in-depth knowledge to discuss the impact of training efforts on adolescent health providers along with their practice partner, Heather Wynkoop Beach.


Heather Wynkoop Beach

Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Heather spent 20 years doing front-line work with young people and communities. Since transitioning to the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University, Heather has found an unexpected enthusiasm in bridging the connection between practitioners and research.


Developing and evaluating C-WorKS: an online hub for sharing of knowledge and intelligence in the North East of England about impacts of COVID-19 (and responses to this) on non-COVID related disease and death


Dr Peter van der Graaf 

Peter is an Associate Professor in Public Health at Teesside University, where he manages the AskFuse service, the rapid response and evaluation service of Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, which supports collaborative projects between academics and policy and practice partners in North East England and beyond. Peter will share his experiences of developing and evaluating an online COVID-19 knowledge sharing hub.

Fuse conference taster event 22 9 21 – PvdG MM (final).



Co-presenter Mia Moilanen

Mia is an Analytical Programme Manager at the recently established Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID), formerly part of Public Health England (PHE), where her role is part of OHID’s North East and Yorkshire Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service (LKIS). Her work involves knowledge mobilisation and production of regional health intelligence outputs relating to wider impacts of Covid, including C-WorKS.

Conducting rapid reviews for health policy makers during the pandemic in an evolving evidence ecosystem: new synthesis methods and dissemination plans


Professor Maureen Dobbins

Scientific Director at the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools in Canada, and Director of Health Evidence. Maureen has extensive expertise in understanding knowledge translation and exchange, and leading on evidence-informed decision making in partnership with Public Health policy makers in Canada. She will reflect on conducting rapid reviews and knowledge exchange with policy makers during the evolving environment of the pandemic along with Dr Leanne Idezerda.



Dr Leanne Idzerda

Leanne Idzerda is a senior research scientist with the Evidence Synthesis and Knowledge Translation Unit in the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Branch at the Public Health Agency of Canada. She is currently working on systematic reviews of priority topics relevant to the long-term effects of COVID-19 on public health.