The Task Force for Global Health and the CDC Foundation in April launched an initiative that links private sector capabilities and public health expertise to strengthen the response to the coronavirus pandemic. The new Global Health Crisis Coordination Center (GHC3) has coordinated donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators to health facilities and is providing guidance on operations such as back-to-school plans and procedures.
The Task Force co-led the development and launch of GHC3 to respond to an influx of industries seeking to utilize their unique capabilities in innovative ways for COVID-19 response. Housed under the Center for Global Health Innovation – also home to the Georgia Global Health Alliance and Georgia Bio – based in Atlanta, GHC3 received initial funding from Microsoft and the Fidelity Charitable Trustees Initiative and has since engaged public and private partners such as Delta Air Lines, Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Dell Technologies, UPS, MedShare, and Georgia Tech.
The vision for GHC3 began more than a year ago to maximize Atlanta’s position as a center for global health with its close proximity to governmental, nongovernmental, public, and private heavy hitters in the health sector. However, the onset of the pandemic catalyzed its formation, providing an urgent need for an innovative center like this. Post-pandemic, GHC3 will remain intact to respond to future global health emergencies around the world.