The Science & Society Distinguished Public Talks Series presents, "The Challenges of Public Health," a talk with Jessica Nũnez de Ybarra on Thursday, April 14 at 5 p.m. A meet and greet will also be held beginning at 4:30 p.m. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the UNM Conference Center located at 1634 University Blvd., NE. Plenty of free parking is available.

Nũnez de Ybarra works as a Public Health Medical Officer for the State of California Department of Public Health coordinating public health training and emergency preparedness activities and as the Division's liaison to the California Public Health Law Workgroup.

The mission of the public health in the U.S. is the fulfillment of society's interest in assuring conditions in which people can be healthy. This mission can be daunting in an everchanging world with constant emerging threats and extreme resource limitations. Nuñez de Ybarra will discuss how public health works in communities, the medical establishment and business to address health threats.

The direction the field of health is heading will be illustrated with lessons from the past as well as the ongoing improvements including solicitation of community input and partnership. The importance of translating scientific results into policy that is communicated clearly to the public will be emphasized.

The Science & Society Distinguished Public Talks series are co-sponsored by Albuquerque Section of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Sigma Xi (the Scientific Research Society), the Department of Physics & Astronomy, College of Arts & Sciences, University Honors Program, and the Division of Continuing Education.

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