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Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast

Episode #315 Public Health Preparedness with Monique K. Mansoura, PhD, MBA

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The array of public health threats we face is expanding rapidly and everyone has a responsibility to have a level of preparedness for these situations. We continue with another MITRE-sponsored episode and are joined by Dr. Monique Mansoura to discuss her incredible career in public health and how we can all be prepared for public health disasters. Tuning in, you’ll hear all about Dr. Mansoura’s wonderful career, what inspired her to get involved in public health, what she is most passionate about, her role at MITRE, and so much more! We then delve into the kinds of public health threats we face and how we can be prepared before Dr. Mansoura reminds us of the importance of empowering individuals through personalized public health. Finally, our guest shares some invaluable advice for anyone pursuing a career in public health. Thanks for listening in!

Meet Dr. Monique K. Mansoura

Dr. Monique K. Mansoura joined The MITRE Corporation as the Executive Director for Global Health Security and Biotechnology in September 2017. She brings executive-level technical, science policy and business expertise from both the public and private sectors. Her current efforts focus on the sustainability of the bioindustrial base and the public-private partnerships that are vital to the bioeconomy and our national, economic, and global health security. These issues are especially relevant to the challenges our nation and the world faces in addressing threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the surety and security of medical supply chains and healthcare systems.

She is an internationally recognized executive in the biopharma industry and biomedical research and development ecosystem (industry, government, and academia) with proven success designing and driving missions of international importance through innovative public-private partnerships, particularly in market-challenged environments. She has been deeply engaged with two of the most vital issues of our times – the Human Genome Project (1996-2001) and Biodefense/Global Health Security (2002-present) for threats including chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents, pandemic influenza, and other emerging infectious diseases. She led strategic policy, planning and budgeting for a pioneering multibillion-dollar medical countermeasure development and acquisition program at BARDA in the U.S. that serves as a model for the world under the authorities of the Project BioShield and the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act.

She has been a successful senior leader in Government and industry by building effective cross-functional teams across diverse organizations and functions, developing talent, leveraging multi-stakeholder networks through effective engagement with partners in biotech and multinational companies, academia, professional and patient advocacy organizations and international governments through the Global Health Security Initiative. She served on the Board of the Alliance for Biosecurity from 2012-2016 and currently serves on the Board of the International Cancer Expert Corps (ICEC).

During a recent sabbatical, Monique examined innovative financing approaches in healthcare as a Research Affiliate of the MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering (LFE), Sloan School of Management. She led an LFE healthcare finance initiative in global health security with Professor Andrew Lo and his colleagues. This initiative explored new business models and financial vehicles for raising and deploying funds to enhance global health security.

Monique earned a PhD in Bioengineering and a M.S. in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan, a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University, and an MBA in the Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership at MIT.

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

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Conversation Highlights

  • Another episode of our special MITRE-sponsored episodes with Dr. Monique K. Mansoura

  • An overview of her illustrious career and a reminder of the importance of preparedness

  • How the anthrax attacks in the early 2000s inspired Monique to work in public health

  • The public health issue Monique is passionate about at the moment

  • What Monique is focused on at MITRE and what she’s responsible for there

  • The public health threats we are facing and the preparedness required

  • The importance of personalized public health information and empowering individuals

  • Monique shares some advice for anyone wanting to pursue a career in public health

“We really [need to] allow people to access data in a way that’s meaningful to them and – start to personalize public health and empower every one of us to be participants in public health and not just have it be a professionalized class.” — Dr. Monique K. Mansoura

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