Preparing for the Next Pandemic

A roundtable with public health professionals on what comes next

Roundtable Presenters

Shelley Facente, Facente Consulting IC'02
Stacey-Ann Ellis, '16, Assistant Director of Quality at Cayuga Centers
Aron Thiim, '17, Program Manager, Infectious Diseases and Prevention at Justice Resource Institute

Stewart Auyash, Associate Professor of Public Health Policy, Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education, Ithaca College

Speakers Bios

Stacey-Ann M. Ellis '16, '18 works in the Continuous Quality Improvement department of Cayuga Centers, a non-profit supporting children, families and individuals in Ithaca as Assistant Director of Quality. She earned her undergraduate degree in Public and Community Health with a minor in Communication Disorders and a concentration in Audiology from Ithaca College. She also earned her masters degree in Health Education from Ithaca College and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She has worked with a multitude of departments in finding ways to improve health care through research and data driven practices. She enjoys using her skills to make an improvement because she knows her work directly impacts the lives of others on a daily basis.

Shelley Facente '02 studied sociology at Ithaca College and subsequently received her Master of Public Health, with a concentration in Health and Social Behavior and a specialty in multicultural studies, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. Immediately following her MPH training she began work for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, assisting community-based organizations to plan and implement rapid HIV testing programs. In 2009, she founded Facente Consulting as the sole consultant and grew it to 11 employees. Shelley’s content focus has expanded beyond HIV testing and prevention to include hepatitis C, harm reduction, and programs designed to improve the lives of people who use drugs, or are unhoused or unstably housed

Aron Thiim '17 is a public health professional and social justice advocate committed to building capacity to facilitate equitable access to prevention, testing and treatment for infectious diseases, harm reduction and addiction treatment services. He received his undergraduate degree in Public and Community Health from Ithaca College. Aron currently works at the Justice Resource Institute's (JRI) Health Division as Program Manager of Infectious Diseases & Prevention managing clinical prevention programming for testing and linkage to treatment for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STIs and TB. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors at Concord Prison Outreach. Aron will be attending the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health part-time this summer to pursue his MPH.


Preparing for the Next Pandemic

Confirmed: the worst public health crisis in a century is not over.

And neither is the urgency to rethink and prepare for continuing microbial threats. Pathogens and pandemics flout all borders. Always has, always will.

The COVID-19 pandemic has sharpened the need for a more ambitious global approach to preparedness. Public health can no longer be neglected. 

More resources are required.  More reform of global governance systems for health crises.  More rethinking of resilient health care systems, health surveillance, prevention, legal frameworks, public health policy, supply chains, care. 


Public health hinges on three vectors:  PREVENT. DETECT. RESPOND.

After two years of the pandemic, public health must work the connections between the local, regional, national and international for equitable development and access to drugs, vaccines, medical supplies, technologies, health care, and communicating intelligible messages.

Global vaccine equity should not be a fantasy, but a mandate.

But underlying health and equity conditions amplify the mounting pandemic death tolls:  diabetes, hypertension, obesity, health disparities, housing, poverty, and other social determinants of illness. Anti-science attitudes and the politicization of masks and vaccines act as deterrents to public health.

The first step to preparing for the next pandemic resides in moving from thinking that COVID will end toward thinking long range for whatever lies ahead.


This FLEFF event is cosponsored by the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education in the School of Health Science and Human Performance at Ithaca College.