Navigating COVID-19 and Beyond: Bizzell’s Response to Pandemics and Emerging Global Health Challenges

Navigating COVID-19 and Beyond: Bizzell’s Response to Pandemics and Emerging Global Health Challenges

By Editorial Staff

As we enter 2024, our thoughts are filled with hope, new goals, and resolutions for the new year. Unfortunately, the impact of COVID-19 has followed us all into 2024. The U.S. faces a surge in COVID-19 cases nationwide as we have returned to the office work, and school. The result? Infection rates are just as high as last year’s around the same time. JN1 is the most prominent COVID-19 variant and has evolved to be more resistant to vaccination, and more resistant to natural immune responses of those previously infected with COVID-19[1]https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2024/01/04/covid-2024-us-jn1/.

There are many ways to protect yourself and your loved ones even as the virus continues to evolve. Many protocols set during the height of the pandemic to keep individuals and communities safe are still applicable today. These protocols include staying up to date with vaccinations, washing hands frequently with soap and water, wearing a facemask when in public settings, and covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. Immunocompromised individuals should still limit travel to places with large crowds. Everyone should continue to stay up current on local and state guidelines and guidelines and continue to disinfect widely used items such as phones, laptops, and doorknobs[2]https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html. We must all do what we can to keep each other safe on an individual and community level.

On a national level and beyond the current COVID-19 crisis, Bizzell US continues to lead healthcare innovation with a forward-thinking stance. Investments in research, technology, and partnerships reflect our organization’s commitment to enhancing global health resilience. On an international level, currently, Bizzell supports COVID-19 efforts in Thailand, Guatemala, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and other countries through partnerships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Central American Regional (CAR) Office. Bizzell provides technical assistance focusing on surveillance, infection prevention and control, border health, community mitigation, laboratory strengthening, and vaccine preparedness.

The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated a path to solving complex emerging health threats. The insight gained through the pandemic will be invaluable in the future, especially in the realm of emergency preparedness. The pandemic continues to highlight the need for resilience and adaptive capacity, global solidarity, collaboration, and the importance of remote and digital infrastructure. We have consistently emphasized to national leaders the significance of bolstering healthcare preparedness and strengthening healthcare systems. As a leader in the healthcare sector, Bizzell prioritizes the need to strengthen hospital infrastructure and the healthcare workforce. Appropriate allocation of resources, both financial and personnel-based, will ensure readiness for future crises. Utilizing data and science as a strategy for decision-making will also continue to be crucial in shaping effective responses to health challenges.

In our collaboration with the CDC’s Division of Global Health Protection and Security, we have led many professional and technical services supporting global health mandates and security. We provided analytical support, performance monitoring, epidemiologic analysis, global health investments and economic costing studies, return on investment analyses, and statistical and econometric support. Investing in scientific research and valuing expert opinions, such as our Bizzell consultants, are critical for navigating the continued complexities of the pandemic. One such consultant is Nancy Bateman, MSW, a Senior Public Health Advisor for Behavioral Health Services at Bizzell. As one of our senior public health leaders, she has developed whitepapers and other resources discussing the impacts of trauma, trauma informed care, and COVID-19 on a changing Healthcare landscape. Her work, “Engaging Patients through Trauma-Informed Care in the Age of COVID-19”, was featured in the October 2022 Behavioral Health Spotlight created by the Behavioral Health Advancement Resource Center (BHARC).

Bizzell’s preparedness extends beyond the immediate COVID-19 challenges, laying the foundation for a robust response to future health uncertainties. One way we pride ourselves in preparedness is through data sharing and collaboration. Collaboration is a cornerstone of Bizzell’s impactful health-centered response to emerging threats. Emphasizing the importance of working together with government agencies, healthcare institutions, and international organizations, we actively foster partnerships that contribute to a collective response against global health challenges.

Through our global partnerships, we have provided capacity-building training, partnership support, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), data collection, internal communication support, social media and analytics, communication product development, scientific writing, and policy coordination. This collaborative spirit amplifies the effectiveness of interventions and initiatives. As the pandemic unfolds, Bizzell will continue to drive global change through innovative health solutions and adapting to the ever-evolving health landscape.

The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to severely impact healthcare systems on the local, national, and international levels. We at Bizzell believe in supporting strained healthcare systems, collaborating with appropriate organizations, contributing to crucial research efforts, and doing our part to respond to global health crises as they arise.

Bizzell Names Alvie Johnson, New Senior Vice President for Business Development

Bizzell Names Alvie Johnson, New Senior Vice President for Business Development

January 24, 2024 (New Carrollton, Md) – Alvie Johnson joins Bizzell US (Bizzell) as the Senior Vice President, Business Development in the New Carrollton headquarters. Mr. Johnson brings extensive expertise in federal contracting within both defense and civilian sectors, poised to lead comprehensive business development strategies aligned with government priorities and emerging defense needs.

In his new role, Mr. Johnson will spearhead the formulation of tailored business development strategies, provide strategic direction to the business development team, and identify and pursue opportunities that resonate with federal, state and local contracting needs.

Before joining Bizzell, Mr. Johnson served as the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Data Systems Analysts, Inc. (DSA). There, he was instrumental in planning, executing, and overseeing DSA’s growth strategies and business development operations. His leadership ensured the expansion of current services, the exploration of new market segments, and the development of innovative products and services.

With a career spanning various esteemed organizations, Mr. Johnson held pivotal positions such as Vice President Business Development at Digital Management Incorporated, Principal Enterprise Lead at Lockheed Martin, ISGS, and Booz Allen Hamilton. He oversaw crucial U.S. Navy, Marine, and Army markets, fostering relationships with industry partners to facilitate collaborative teaming processes. With a career spanning various esteemed organizations, Mr. Johnson held pivotal positions such as Vice President Business Development at Digital Management Incorporated, Principal Enterprise Lead at Lockheed Martin, ISGS, and Booz Allen Hamilton. He oversaw crucial U.S. Navy, Marine, and Army markets, fostering relationships with industry partners to facilitate collaborative teaming processes.

Mr. Johnson’s professional journey includes diverse business development and technical roles at Data Solutions and Technology, LEIDOS, AT&T, TelCove, and CRGT, bringing over two decades of versatile experience in military service as an Army Officer in the Signal Corps.

During his military tenure, Mr. Johnson held vital roles such as Satellite Operations Officer at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, managing operational satellite communications capacity for the Department of Defense and Government Agencies. He also served as a Presidential Communications Officer at the White House Communications Agency, overseeing state-of-the-art telecommunications support for the White House.

Mr. Johnson’s academic background includes a master’s degree in international relations and strategic studies from the Naval War College and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast production from Howard University.

“We are thrilled to welcome Alvie Johnson to Bizzell as our Senior Vice President, Business Development,” said Anton C. Bizzell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bizzell. “His wealth of experience, strategic foresight, and proven leadership will be instrumental in accelerating our business development initiatives forward, furthering our commitment to excellence in project delivery.”

About Bizzell

Bizzell is a strategy, consulting, investment, and technology firm headquartered in New Carrollton, Maryland with offices in 20+ countries. Bizzell is a partner of choice by federal, state, and local government agencies, and private organizations. With a strong emphasis on innovation and impact, Bizzell transforms small ideas into powerful catalysts that drive change across markets worldwide.

Learn more at www.BizzellUS.com.

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Bizzell Releases Essential Opioid Overdose Response Video in Wake of National Crisis

Bizzell Releases Essential Opioid Overdose Response Video in Wake of National Crisis

January 22, 2024, New Carrollton, Maryland – As the opioid crisis continues to devastate communities with over 136 American deaths daily, primarily from fentanyl-laced drugs, Bizzell US (Bizzell) has developed and unveiled a vital educational tool. The company has released “Opioid 5 Steps to Respond to Opioid Overdose,” a video outlining critical steps to respond to an opioid overdose, developed under the guidance of leading experts in the field.

The video’s creation was informed by the extensive knowledge and experience of Bizzell’s team of specialists, including experts in health and human services, behavioral health, public health, substance use disorders, treatment and prevention, maternal and child health, medication-assisted treatment, mental health, and pharmacy operations. This collective expertise ensures that the video is not only informative but also grounded in the latest research and best practices.

Anton C. Bizzell, MD, Chairman and CEO, William H. Scarbrough, III, PhD, and Todd W. Mandell, MD are among some of notable experts at Bizzell who contributed their insights, reflecting decades of experience in fields relevant to opioid crisis management, behavioral health, and substance use disorders. Their involvement underscores Bizzell’s commitment to leveraging deep expertise in tackling this pressing public health issue.

This initiative is part of Bizzell’s broader effort to educate and empower individuals and communities in the fight against the opioid epidemic. The video is mandatory viewing for all Bizzell employees and is accompanied by a call to action to carry naloxone (Narcan), an effective emergency response medication now available over the counter.

The educational video will also be accessible on the Bizzell and the Behavioral Health Advancement Resource Center (BHARC) website, forming part of an informative mini-series on the opioid crisis.

About Bizzell US

Bizzell is a strategy, consulting, investment, & technology firm headquartered in New Carrollton, Maryland. Bizzell is a partner of choice for federal, state, and local government agencies, and private organizations. With a strong emphasis on innovation and impact, Bizzell transforms small ideas into powerful catalysts that drive change across markets worldwide. Learn more at www.BizzellUS.com.

About Behavioral Health Advancement Resource Center (BHARC)

Bizzell established the Behavioral Health Advancement Resource Center (BHARC) to provide expert information and resources to support the behavioral health community. With BHARC, Bizzell disseminates new ideas, tools, and solutions to critical behavioral health issues including the opioid epidemic, substance use disorders, suicide prevention, and more. As a leader in behavioral health initiatives, we bring together subject matter experts with exceptional experience, as well as commitment to behavioral health solutions.

For more information, visit www.bharc.org.

Dr. David Sleet Co-Authors Report on Global Burden of Cardiovascular Diseases

Dr. David Sleet Co-Authors Report on Global Burden of Cardiovascular Diseases

A new report highlights the persistent challenge of cardiovascular disease (CVD) worldwide. Despite the possibility of a world without CVD, millions of people’s lives are still lost prematurely to heart disease each year.

Dr. David Sleet, Bizzell Senior Associate, Injury Prevention, co-authored “Global Burden of Cardiovascular Diseases and Risk Factors, 1990–2022” published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The report covers health estimates from 1990 to 2022, analyzing the impact of cardiovascular conditions and risk factors across 21 global regions. The findings underscore the urgent need for countries to implement public-health strategies aimed at preventing cardiovascular diseases, emphasizing global action in disseminating information and implementing health programs, particularly in hard-to-reach countries.

Dr. Sleet stated that, “We must collectively address the high burden of CVD mortality in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.” Dr. Sleet added, “The leading causes—high blood pressure, high cholesterol, dietary risks, and air pollution—highlight the critical areas where targeted intervention can make a significant impact on cardiovascular health worldwide.”

About Bizzell

Bizzell is a consulting, strategy, investment, & technology firm headquartered in New Carrollton, Maryland. Bizzell is a partner of choice by federal, state, and local government agencies, and private organizations. With a strong emphasis on innovation and impact, Bizzell transforms small ideas into powerful catalysts that drive change across markets worldwide. Learn more at www.BizzellUS.com.