Rutgers health expert to discuss battle against COVID, state of health care, population health and inequity

Marlink, director of Rutgers Global Health Institute, to be on webinar Wednesday

Dr. Richard Marlink. (File photo)

Dr. Richard Marlink, the director of the Rutgers Global Health Institute, will be featured on a webinar on all things COVID-19 (including the latest Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and population health.

The webinar is presented and hosted by James Barrood, a well-known figure in the New Jersey tech community.

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Marlink, the inaugural Henry Rutgers Professor of Global Health, came to Rutgers University in the summer of 2017 after two decades at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he served as the executive director of the Harvard AIDS Institute.

The webinar will discuss a number of issues, including:

  • Marlink’s efforts on population health worldwide;
  • Progress on the COVID-19 response — vaccines and treatments;
  • Concerns about inequity in relation to the pandemic;
  • Programs that are addressing these challenges.

There also will be time for questions and answers.

Barrood said the state is fortunate to have such an expert at one of its leading universities.

“Dr. Marlink brings a global perspective to global issues that are having local impact here in New Jersey,” Barrood said.

Since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, Marlink has worked to establish HIV/AIDS research, training and clinical care programs in the U.S. and abroad. He was instrumental in setting up the first HIV/AIDS clinic in Boston. And, in the mid-1980s in Senegal, he was part of the team of Senegalese, French and American researchers who discovered evidence for and then studied the disease outcomes of the second type of human AIDS virus, HIV-2.

Marlink helped create two partnerships with the government of Botswana: the 1996 Botswana-Harvard Partnership with the Harvard AIDS Initiative, where he was executive director, and the African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships, a public-private partnership with the government of Botswana that was launched in 2000 with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates and Merck foundations.

Since 2000, programs he has created and/or led have trained tens of thousands of health care workers and helped establish national programs on the care, treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS in several African countries.