• World health expert to speak in Montpelier
     | December 29,2012

    MONTPELIER — Dr. Nils Daulaire, of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, will talk about America’s role in setting global health priorities at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

    Daulaire is the director of the department’s Global Affairs Office, and the talk is titled “Vermont, the United States, and the World: How Our Health Ties Together.”

    He will discuss how health issues transcend national borders, what lessons can be learned from research abroad that can be used in the United States, how global health priorities are set, and the importance of U.S. government investments in global health.

    The talk is part of the First Wednesdays series presented by the Vermont Humanities Council. Lectures are also presented in eight other communities statewide: Brattleboro, Essex Junction, Manchester, Middlebury, Newport, Norwich, Rutland and St. Johnsbury. The programs are free.

    Daulaire joined the department in March 2010. In December 2010 President Barack Obama nominated him to serve as the U.S. representative to the Executive Board of the World Health Organization.

    Daulaire has also served for more than a decade as president and CEO of the Global Health Council, an international nonprofit membership organization, where he helped improve public health in the world’s poorest communities.

    He also spent 15 years in the field in low-income countries managing maternal and child health delivery and field research programs.

    The First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Montpelier are held at Kellogg-Hubbard Library unless otherwise noted.

    Upcoming talks in Montpelier include “Calvin Coolidge: More Than Two Words” with actor Jim Cooke on Feb. 6 (at 7:30 p.m. at the Vermont Statehouse); “Victoria’s Secrets” with Middlebury College professor Antonia Losano on March 6; and “Recognizing Vermont’s Built Treasures” with Middlebury professor Glenn Andres on April 3.

    The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays.

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