In this talk, public health scholar, epidemiologist, and pharmacist Dr. Danya Qato will speak to the limits and possibilities of public health practice, research, and advocacy in Palestine that have come under increased attention during the Covid-19 pandemic. The talk will emphasize foundational questions that have often been sidelined in the public health discourse – including the enduring role of settler-colonialism, racism, and capitalism in shaping the health of Palestinians and in the practice of public health in Palestine.
Danya M. Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD, is an assistant professor of epidemiology and health policy based in Baltimore, Maryland. In the 2015–16 academic year, she was a Fulbright Scholar and professor at the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University in Palestine. She curated the Journal of Palestine Studies Summer 2020 issue on the Pandemic and Palestine.