By: Steve Barrett
Health is top of mind as we unveil our 2020 Health Influencer 50 list.
In an unprecedented year, health tops everyone’s agenda. From COVID-19, to the lens trained on health disparities among Black Americans following incidents of racial injustice, to the environment and impact of global warming illustrated by forest fires and frequent extreme weather incidents, our lives are more fragile in 2020 than ever.
Throughout these traumas, the MVPs have been frontline workers stepping up to keep us safe, heal our sick, comfort the dying, make sure we are fed, collect garbage and deliver packages.
It’s difficult to believe the No. 1 on our list, Dr. Anthony Fauci, will be 80 years old in December, such is the energy and relentlessness the veteran of fights against diseases including AIDS and Ebola has invested in battling COVID-19.
Pitched against powerful forces peddling narratives that fit political agendas rather than fact-based realism, Fauci remained steadfast and unflustered in his commitment to telling the truth, leading colleagues to dub him the government’s “most effective communicator.”
At a time when the U.S. and the world needs leadership defined by clear and effective communication, Fauci, Northwell Health CEO Michael Dowling, CVS’ Kym White and others among the HI50 are crucial if we are to effectively roll out vaccines and reach a safe post-COVID future.