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Dr. William Foege Talk & Book Signing
Public health luminary Dr. William Foege will give a special keynote address at the 2018 State of the Public’s Health Conference on Thurs. Oct. 18 in Mahler Hall at the UGA Center for Continuing Education and Hotel in Athens, Ga. All members of the public and the UGA community are invited to attend.
Foege’s talk will trace the history of modern public health as well as his contributions to the field to deliver the “essentials for good public health programs.” A book signing for Foege’s latest book, “Task Force for Child Survival: Secrets of Successful Coalitions” will follow the presentation.
Foege directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1977 to 1983, going on to co-found the Task Force for Global Health in 1984. He is credited with developing the global strategy leading to the eradication of smallpox in the late 1970s and improving immunization rates in developing countries in the 1980s. Foege was an original consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and currently serves as a Senior Fellow. He also served as the executive director of The Carter Center from 1986 to 1992. His many awards and honors include receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
Foege has authored three influential books: “House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox,” “The Fears of the Rich, the Needs of the Poor: My Years at the CDC,” and “Task Force for Child Survival.” All books will be available for purchase at the event.
This event is hosted by the UGA College of Public Health Office of Outreach and Engagement and the 2018 State of Public’s Health Conference.