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The Health Impact of Megacities - A Growing Issue for Planetary Health

March 19, 2018 5:00 pm
OpenGrounds on the UVA Corner
Dr. Michele Barry

The Health Impact of Megacities -
A Growing Issue for Planetary Health

Monday 19 March | 5PM | OpenGrounds

Michele Barry, MD
Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford University

As the world urbanizes, megacities, which are defined as rapidly developing urban centers with populations of 10 million or more inhabitants, present a unique opportunity to understanding the future of planetary health. Urbanization brings megacities improved education and economic opportunities but also poses serious health threats, including increased risk of infectious and non-communicable diseases, gender violence and slums. Health vulnerabilities are exacerbated by climate change impacting these often coastal megacities with rising sea levels, flooding and the urban heat island effects – particularly borne out in slums and low-income communities. This talk will highlight innovative interventions which are being designed and implemented in megacities across the world to cultivate a more resilient and healthy planet.

Michele Barry, MD, FACP is the Senior Associate Dean for Global Health and Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health in the Stanford School of Medicine. As Director of the Yale/Stanford Johnson and Johnson Global Health Scholar Award program, she has sent over 1000 physicians overseas to underserved areas to help strengthen health infrastructure in low resource settings. As a past President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, she led an educational initiative in tropical medicine and travelers health which culminated in diploma courses in tropical medicine both in the U.S. and overseas, as well as a U.S. certification exam. Dr. Barry is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Science and is past-Chair of the Interest Group on Global Health, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at the IOM. She has been listed in Best Doctors in America and serves on the Board of Directors of the Bill and Melinda Gates funded Consortium of Universities involved in Global Health (CUGH) and the Foundation of the Advancement of International Education (FAIMER).

Her research interests include global health workforce, clinical tropical medicine, emerging infectious diseases, problems of underserved populations and globalization's impact upon health in the developing world.

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