Renowned Global Health Figure Dr. Paul Farmer at UW Campus June 18

Dr. Paul Farmer, subject of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Mountains Beyond Mountains and co-founder of Partners In Health, will speak about the current climate of global health on Thursday, June 18 from 6--7:30 p.m. in Kane Hall Room 130. The free event, "A Conversation with Dr. Paul Farmer Moderated by Dr. Chris Elias," is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.

Farmer will reflect on a variety of topics, including the future of global health delivery and sustainability, the challenge of multi drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), and how one person has the ability to make a significant contribution to global health. Farmer regularly travels

between two worlds: one marked by academic prestige and medical innovation, and the other by destitution and health inequity. Farmer is the newly named chair of Harvard Medical School's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine as well as an attending physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. His unconventional approach to care in the developing world cuts through red tape, bends rules, and has won him acclaim and controversy.

Elias, the CEO of PATH, has fostered an entrepreneurial culture that encourages innovative thinking at PATH, a Seattle-based non-governmental organization, which is dedicated to improving the health of people around the world by advancing technologies, strengthening systems, and encouraging healthy behaviors.

The event is being presented by the Washington Global Health Alliance in partnership with the University of Washington Department of Global Health, CityClub, and the Pacific Health Summit.

The Washington Global Health Alliance is a coalition for Washington State's global health organizations, connecting, organizing, and motivating groups with the common goal of improving health conditions for people throughout the world.

Published on: 2009-06-11

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