The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) will hold its 50th annual meeting on Saturday through Monday, October 17-19, 2020 by virtual platform. Monday, October 19th is the symposium on Confronting Urgent Threats to Human Health & Society: COVID-19 and Climate Change
. The symposium will open with a keynote address by Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The address titled “Crises, Fast and Slow,” will reflect on COVID-19, climate change, and the imperative for global collaboration. The first session will explore the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, including virus emergence, the impact of the pandemic, and US and global preparedness and response. The second session will explore the environmental, societal, and individual impacts of climate change on human health. The meeting will also include the President's Forum, which will address the role of science and policymaking in responding to global crises.
Dr. Richard Jackson, professor emeritus of environmental health sciences, will serve as moderator for "Climate Change and Human Health: Navigating Environmental, Societal, and Individual Impacts" on Monday, October 19, 1:40 PM PDT to 3:30 PM PDT. The session keynote speaker is Sir Andrew Haines, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and panelists include: Georges Benjamin, American Public Health Association, The Honorable Jane Lubchenco, Oregon State University and Jacqueline Patterson, NAACP.
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