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Thorndike to discuss global health at final Great Decisions

MONMOUTH, Ill. – Jennifer Thorndike, a member of the faculty for Monmouth College’s Global Public Health Triad, will introduce the final Great Decisions topic of the spring semester on March 21.

Titled “Global Health: Progress and Challenges,” the program will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Room 276 of the College’s Center for Science and Business.
Thorndike came to Monmouth last fall to teach in the College’s Department of Modern Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, which along with psychology and kinesiology is part of the Global Public Health Triad, .

The collective action of countries, communities and organizations over the last 30 years has literally saved millions of lives around the world. Yet extreme  inequalities in health and well-being persist.

Thorndike will discuss how the world faces a mix of old and new health challenges, including the preventable deaths of mothers and children, continuing epidemics of infectious diseases, and rising rates of chronic disease. The world also remains vulnerable to the emergence of new and deadly pandemics.

For those reasons, the next several decades will be just as important, if not more so, than the last in determining well-being across nations.

Great Decisions is a nationwide program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental association that works to increase Americans’ understanding of significant foreign policy issues.