The Global Interdependence Center – Solve Long Covid Initiative Program Series: Session V: Long Covid in the Media

VIDEO November 30, 2022

Speaker / Author

Cynthia Adinig

ME/CFS and Long Covid patient advocate and Board Member of Solve M.E.

Cynthia Adinig is a ME/CFS and Long Covid patient advocate and member of Solve M.E.’s board. As a Long Covid patient, Cynthia has testified before Congress on the need for Long Covid support, has been featured in multiple national news media, and asked to speak at international conferences in this capacity. She is also the creator of a digital guide for medical care for longhaulers of color. ... Read More

Jill Fornito

Executive Director, Global Interdependence Center

Jill Fornito joined the Global Interdependence Center in 2008 as the assistant director with a broad scope of responsibilities including organizational and program management. In 2011, Jill assumed the role of director of operations, focusing mainly on the planning and execution of GIC’s domestic and international conferences. Jill was named the executive director in 2017 as she continues to oversee the daily operations of the GIC office, including development, financial administration, program coordination and communications. She is also the author of GIC’s Travel Blog. Before joining the GIC staff, Jill worked as the director of treasury for Greater Philadelphia Cares, a ... Read More

Sandhya Kambhampati

Data Reporter on the Los Angeles Times Data Desk

Sandhya Kambhampati is a data reporter on the Los Angeles Times Data Desk, where she covers the demographics and diversity of California and the nation. At the LA Times, she is working on a series of stories to understand the experiences of long haul COVID-19 people and their caregivers and how they’re navigating the medical, financial, mental and emotional challenges of the illness in California. She previously worked at the Chronicle of Higher Education, Correctiv and ProPublica Illinois. Her co-reported work on the widespread inaccuracies in Cook County’s property tax assessment system was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for local reporting ... Read More

Fiona Lowenstein

Founder of Body Politic

Fiona Lowenstein is an award-winning journalist, producer, speaker, and the founder of Body Politic, a queer feminist wellness collective and media organization that is now a patient-led Long COVID advocacy group. Lowenstein was hospitalized for COVID-19 in March 2020 and went on to found the Body Politic COVID-19 Support Group, which offers support and resources to over eleven thousand people living with COVID-19 around the world. Their work has been published in The New York Times, Vox, Teen Vogue, Business Insider, The Guardian, and more, and they are the editor of The Long COVID Survival Guide: How to Take Care of ... Read More

Meghan O’Rourke


Meghan O’Rourke is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness and The Long Goodbye, as well as the poetry collections Sun In Days, Once, and Halflife. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, and more. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, and a Whiting Nonfiction Award, she resides in New Haven, where she teaches at Yale University and is the editor of The Yale Review. ... Read More

Emily Taylor

Vice President of Advocacy and Engagement, Solve M.E.

Emily Taylor is the Vice President of Advocacy and Engagement for Solve M.E. She brings to the organization over fifteen years of policy, organization, and advocacy experience in both the non-profit and government sectors. With five years’ experience on Capitol Hill, Emily contributes a keen understanding of both state and federal policy processes while cultivating strong grassroots organization and patient representation. Prior to joining the Solve M.E., Emily served as the director of policy and advocacy for an award-winning autism organization. There she spearheaded major overhauls in disability, early intervention, and education policies. She is also a veteran of several successful ... Read More