Ann Kurth, Dean, Yale School of Nursing: “Disrupting Health in the Age of Climate Change”

Date: Wednesday September 4
Time: 6:15 PM
Location: Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, Oak Room, 700 Alma Street, Menlo Park

RSVP: The event is free but please register to reserve your place by emailing Liz Leary at, subject line: “Dean Kurth Event”

Advances in human health have been unprecedented but so too are the challenges just ahead. Many sectors now recognize the need to reduce environmental impact and to respond to extreme weather, flooding/sea level rise, and changes in clean air, water, and food from climate change and other planetary stresses. However, the health sector – itself in dynamic flux – is not always as linked – yet must be ‘the last building standing’ to address health needs. Tools, technologies, and ‘green health’ networks are emerging to help health systems ‘bounce forward.’

Join us for a thought-provoking evening as Dean Kurth leads us in an examination of the link between the planet’s health and our own.

Ann Kurth, PhD, RN, CNM, MPH is Dean, and Linda Koch Lorimer Professor, Yale University School of Nursing; and Professor, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health. Yale Nursing was the world’s first university-based school of nursing, and it advocates for “Better health for all people.”

Dr. Kurth is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Medicine (former Institute of Medicine), and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was a member of the 2014-2018 US Preventive Services Task Force, which sets screening and primary care prevention guidelines for the United States. She is a member of the New York Academy of Medicine and of the CT Academy of Science and Engineering. Dr. Kurth is 2018-2020 chair of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), the 190+-university member academic global health network whose mission is to support “academic institutions and partners to improve the wellbeing of people and the planet through education, research, service, and advocacy. (

An epidemiologist and clinically-trained nurse-midwife, Dr. Kurth’s research focuses on HIV/reproductive health, and global health system strengthening, particularly in the context of climate change (see

Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIAID, NIDA, NIMH, NICHD), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNAIDS, CDC, HRSA, and others, for studies conducted in the United States and internationally.  Dr. Kurth has consulted for the NIH, Gates Foundation, WHO, USAID and CDC, among others.

Dr. Kurth has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and scholarly monographs and presented at hundreds of scientific conferences and invited talks. Dr. Kurth has received awards for her science and leadership including the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research Award and the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame award from Sigma Theta Tau International, the global nursing honor society. She chairs the National Academy of Medicine’s Board on Global Health, 2018-2020.





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