Thursday, March 20, 2008

Dr. John Tedstrom To Discuss U.S. Health Policy Abroad

On Monday, March 31, the Yale Law School Law and Health Initiative will host a talk by Dr. John Tedstrom of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC). Dr. Tedstrom will discuss “The Business of Public Health:  How U.S. Health Policy Abroad Can Help Promote Economic Development & Save More Lives in the Process.” The lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Room 127 and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Alumni Reading Room. 

"It's a privilege to speak at Yale on this important topic of health and foreign policy," said Dr. Tedstrom. "We stand at a critical point in the fight against the world's deadliest diseases. We have the power to turn the tide of these epidemics and save millions of lives, but to do so, we need to seriously rethink the way we look at these problems – fighting disease isn't charity, it's an essential part of building strong economies and running a profitable business."

Dr. Tedstrom is executive director of the GBC, a rapidly expanding alliance of more than 220 international companies dedicated to combating the AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria epidemics by accessing the business sector’s unique skills and expertise. He is the founder of Transatlantic Partners Against AIDS and has also served as Vice President for Policy Studies and Vice President for Global Security at the EastWest Institute, and as Director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council.

He is the author of numerous publications, including America’s Security: Lessons from the National Defense Panel. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Russian Area Studies from the University of Birmingham, England, an M.A. in Economics from Indiana University, and a B.A. in Economics and Management from DePauw University.

Dr. Tedstrom’s lecture is made possible through support from the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund and The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale.