A Global View: Today’s Choices, Tomorrow’s Health


Featuring: Jonathan Patz, Director of the Global Health Institute

Date: July 10, 2012

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Arboretum Visitor Center

When Patz considers global health, he sees a tapestry interwoven with cultural mores, society’s choices, environmental science and economics. He sees a spraying program successfully control malaria in Boreo but leading to a major typhus epidemic and the collapse of thatched roofs that depended on an insect to protect them. The pesticide moved up the food chain – to geckos, then cats — and the rat population exploded. With the Global Health Institute, Patz leads a campus-wide initiative to take a comprehensive look at how our choices impact global health. Patz shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and former Vice President Al Gore for his work connecting climate change to health issues.