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Ashish Jha

One of the most respected and dynamic global leaders on issues affecting people’s health, Dr. Ashish Jha was the White House’s COVID-19 Response Coordinator, current Dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, and a respected keynote speaker.

Meet Ashish Jha

A global leader driving public health research, policy, and practice, Dr. Ashish Jha is a trusted expert on major issues impacting public health, and a catalyst for new thinking and approaches. He is also well-known for his keynote and motivational speaking. Ashish Jha is available to be booked for corporate and private events. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group today to inquire about Ashish Jha’s fees.

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Academic Background

Dr. Jha was born in Pursaulia, Bihar, India in 1970. He moved to Toronto, Canada in 1979 and then to the United States in 1983. In 1992 Dr. Jha graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in economics. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1997 and then trained as a resident in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. 

He returned to Boston to complete his fellowship in General Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In 2004, he completed his Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and became a faculty member for the school. The following year, he also became faculty at Harvard Medical School. At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, his research focused on improving the quality of health care and addressing the high cost of healthcare in the United States. In 2013, Ashish was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

He was the Faculty Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute from 2014 to 2020. From 2018 to 2020, he also served as the Dean for Global Strategy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Brown School of Public Health

An accomplished and practicing physician, Dr. Jha joined the Brown School of Public Health as dean in September 2020. As Dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, Dr. Jha is leading initiatives to confront the public health impacts of climate change, rising healthcare costs, the challenges with misinformation, and how to translate the lessons learned in COVID-19 to improve preparedness and response to future health threats. During his tenure, the school has expanded its programs, physical footprint, and faculty.

COVID-19 Response Coordinator

In March of 2022, President Joe Biden appointed Dr. Jha as the White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator, describing him as “one of the leading public health experts in America.” At the White House, Dr. Jha led the work that increased the development of and access to treatments and newly formulated vaccines, dramatically improved testing and surveillance, facilitated major investments in indoor air quality measures, and put in place an infrastructure to respond to current and future disease outbreaks more effectively. 

Dr. Jha received bipartisan praise for his pragmatic approach to public health that, in the words of President Biden, “translates…complex scientific challenges into concrete actions” that help improve millions of lives. 

As a long-time leader in pandemic preparedness and response, from directing groundbreaking research on Ebola to serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response, he has led national and international analysis of key issues and advised local and federal policymakers around the world.


He is also a frequent contributor to a range of nonpartisan public media. Dr. Jha has published nearly three hundred original research publications in prestigious journals and has consistently been ranked in the top 1% of most cited researchers. He is also a frequent contributor to a range of public media across the political spectrum, focused on how science and evidence can be used to craft better policy and improve health both in the US and around the globe. 

Awards & Recognition

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Dr. Ashish Jha’s keynotes are evidence-based and scientific yet timely, relevant, and highly accessible to a wide range of audiences in medicine, health, and business. Set up a pre-conference call with Ashish and the MPG team to discuss the specifics of your event and have him tailor his keynote to your audience.


The Iceberg of Rising Health Care Costs

How We Stop It From Sinking Our Economy? Because It Will.

Runaway healthcare spending now threatens to sink our economy, eating into wage growth while ballooning the costs of overall worker compensation. It’s not only bad for workers, but businesses as well. It strains our federal budget, completely swallows state budgets, and forces deep cuts in other essential services and priorities. What can we do?

Key Takeaways:

  • What’s driving these rising costs?
  • Why do policymakers keep getting the solutions wrong?
  • And what is the agenda for action?
    • What can policymakers, businesses, and individuals do?


Climate Change and Health: A Noxious Connection

Climate change is often seen as an environmental problem, which of course it is. But, it is also the most urgent, overlooked threat to health. The connection is real, immediate, and deadly. We will see more respiratory and heat-related illness and increased droughts will create famine-induced migratory patterns that enable exponential disease spread. The solutions demand new connections between scientists and policymakers.

Key Takeaways:

  • Beyond reducing carbon pollution, what should healthcare systems be doing?
  • Understand how climate change is going to drive big impacts on population health.
  • How to build climate-resilient healthcare systems and climate-sensitive population health strategies.
  • The role of governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations in these solutions.


Can Artificial Intelligence Make Us Healthier?

Artificial Intelligence and its Application to Medicine and Public Health

Key Takeaways:

  • What are the major tools of AI that are actually useful? How? When? Where?
  • What are the challenges of AI – to providers, patients, and healthcare systems?
  • What are the risks that are not being adequately understood or captured?
  • The role of AI in transforming health and healthcare not just in the US but around the globe


Keeping Employees Healthy at Work

Respiratory infections like COVID, the flu, RSV, and others, have a large impact on worker health and business productivity. However, COVID has taught us a lot about how we can keep people healthy at work. 

Ultimately, this talk is focused on employers who understand typical respiratory seasons are disruptive – and a bad season can be even more so. But we now have the tools to manage it far more effectively. 

Key Takeaways:

  • New tools that effectively manage respiratory infections – during both typical infection seasons and crisis times.
  • The role of Indoor Air Quality in keeping people healthy.
  • Other new strategies in testing and treatments make a big difference.


What Happens After the Pandemic?

What did we learn from COVID-19? Even more, what did the pandemic expose, and teach us, here and around the globe?

Key Takeaways:

  • Is the US, and the world, better prepared for future health crises?
  • Can we ensure that when future outbreaks happen, it doesn’t lead to loss of lives and livelihoods? If yes, how?
  • What is the responsibility of the private sector? The role of government? Our international obligations?
  • What does history tell us about post-pandemic changes that shape societies?

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