GHC3 Talks

GHC3 Talks

Welcome to the GHC3 podcast! In each episode, our hosts, Ken Berta and Dr. Rob Breiman, explore the issues that affect public health around the world. Joined by special special guests from healthcare, government and research, they discuss the problems that face us and search for solutions The Global Health Crisis Coordination Center (GHC3) brings together the best solutions for public health by aligning with private sector capabilities and philanthropy to meet the challenge of COVID-19 and whatever health crises may follow. Find out more here:


March 23, 2022 31 min

We have a huge commitment to get our vaccine — and I consider it the best of the best — to the poorest of the world.

Dr. Gregory Glen, President of Research & Development at Novavax joins the podcast to talk about their COVID-19 vaccine. Like those used for decades to protect against viral infections, such as shingles and hepatitis, Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine is protein-based. It presents a genuine alternative for those keen t...

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“It’s a lesson from Bangladesh and research in global health that’s helped almost every American family. I learned we can learn a lot from developing countries.”

Public health security requires a global approach. It’s a fact currently underscored by the COVID-19 pandemic, but one that Dr. Roger Glass, Global Health Expert and Director of the Fogarty Center at NIH has known for some time. In this episode, he talks with our hosts, Dr....

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December 8, 2021 44 min

““Imposing a travel ban on a handful of countries in Southern Africa does not reduce your chances of importing the virus … There is absolutely no scientific basis to close your borders to a handful of countries and still keep it open to others.”

In this episode of GHC3 Talks, Professor Shabir Madhi of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa discusses what we know about the Omicron variant so far. He explain...

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September 20, 2021 52 min

Spike and Surge are back!

After an extended summer break filled with new adventures for them both, they return to the show to share their news. Joined by old friend and CHRISTUS St. Francis Cabrini Hospital CEO and President, Monte Wilson, they discuss the unintended consequences of COVID-19 for healthcare and what the future could hold.


  • 02:30 — The return of travel and the beginning of a long-postponed research project in...
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    Against the backdrop of India’s punishing second wave of COVID-19, Dr. Raches Ella of Bharat Biotech joins the podcast to talk about the company’s pioneering work in vaccines. He discusses their own COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, the challenges India faces right now in administering vaccine to such a large population, and Bharat's innovative work in developing a respiratory vaccine to fight a respiratory virus.


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    As India battles a catastrophic second COVID-19 surge. Dr. Venkat Narayan, Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology and Professor of Medicine at Emory University joins our podcast. He talks about how this pandemic has shown the world the importance of responsible, ethical leadership, strong science, open data, preparedness, and collaboration across borders.


  • 06:10 — The three factors that made COVID-19 the perfect exampl...
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    Dr. Rob Breiman and Ken Berta are joined by Professor Dame Sally Davies, the U.K.’s Special Envoy for Antimicrobial Resistance, and Andrew Staunton, HM Consul General in Atlanta, to talk about the urgent public health challenge posed by antimicrobial resistance (AMR). With the use of antibiotics and deaths from drug-resistant infections rising, Dame Sally and Andrew discuss the essential steps that need to be taken to highlight and...

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    Dr. Rebecca Martin, Director of CDC’s Center for Global Health (CGH), joins this episode to discuss their recently published Outbreaks Report and the important work CGH is doing around the world. She highlights several of the Center’s programs, including the Field Epidemiology Training Program which has taught over 18,000 Disease Detectives to lead prevention, detection and response in more than 90 countries. Now the most experienc...

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    January 26, 2021 43 min

    Towards the end of last year, our co-host Ken Berta (aka Surge) contracted COVID-19. Determined to add to our pool of knowledge on the virus and provide a resource for others, he kept a diary of his experience. In this episode, he talks candidly to fellow host, Dr. Rob Breiman (aka Spike) about his battle with COVID-19.


  • 02:00 — Keeping a COVID diary. To document this disease, sharing our COVID experiences is critical. We ...
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    Having received several queries and questions from our listeners, in this episode Dr. Rob Breiman and Ken Berta, aka Spike and Surge, set out to provide some answers. They discuss trust in vaccines, COVID virus mutation, safely reopening schools and businesses, and the mitigations we’ll need to keep as the vaccine rolls out.

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    “I think healthcare is a right; everyone should have options”

    In this episode of GHC3 Talks, Kathy McNamara, Associate Vice President of Clinical Affairs for the National Association of Community Health Centers joins our hosts, Dr. Rob Breiman (Spike) and Ken Berta (Surge), on the podcast.

    They talk about how the community health centers have responded to the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the burnout faced by dedicated staff who h...

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    “Investing in communications research is important. We need to understand who is hesitant, why they’re hesitant, whom do they trust as messengers, and what is it they really want to hear that would convince them it’s worth taking the vaccine.”

    While the world watches and waits for a COVID vaccine to be reviewed and approved, Dr. Rob Breiman and Ken Berta, otherwise known as Spike and Surge, sit down with Dr. Walt Orenstein, Associat...

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    In this episode of GHC3 Talks, Dr. Rob Breiman and Ken Berta are joined by Dr. Dan Salmon of John Hopkins University School of Public Health. In the wake of recent vaccine press releases, they discuss how to build trust in the COVID-19 vaccines, why that is important, and the crucial role that messaging will play.

    "It’s much easier to help form views through information and knowledge and science than it is to change them once th...

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    Welcome to the GHC3 podcast, we are excited you found us. In each episode you will hear our hosts explore crises affecting humanity and the planet. They will discuss, with assorted guests,  how what we learn when dealing with challenges teaches us how to be more smart, resilient, resourceful, and ethically evolved as a species … in short, how we can become stronger as a civilization.

    In this, the inaugural episode of the GHC3 podcas...

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