health | May 07, 2013

An Eventful Keynote by Health Speaker Laurie Garrett, and What Twitter Said

It takes a lot more than a fire alarm ringing out mid-keynote to throw public health speaker Laurie Garrett off her game. In fact, Garrett "kept her cool" and got right back on stage, Twitter user @Lindz_Marie85 tweeted during Garrett's speech at the One Health MLA 2013 Conference. Talk about grace under fire! Her talk, titled "Working Together toward Global Health," was quite a hit—getting the Twittersphere buzzing with positive feedback. @esevetson, another attendee at the conference, said Garrett was: "1 of the best speakers I've seen in a long time." Further, @LisaPhilpotts tweeted: "@Laurie_Garrett lecture was awesome! Good end to #mlanet13." Garrett tweeted the following in response to the rave reviews: "Thanks to the library crowd today in Boston #mlanet13—great audience. Librarians rock!"

Garrett is a deeply respected and highly successful voice on some of the most pressing issues in global health. She's the only journalist to win all three of the industry's highest honorsthe Polk, the Peabody, and the Pulitzer—and is a a Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations. She's the bestselling author of The Coming Plague and Betrayal of Trust and was a script consultant on Steven Soderbergh's film Contagion. She can present to a wide variety of audiences, delving into the political, social, and economic repercussions of pandemics and global health issues. She presents a sweeping look at the course our global healthcare system is on—and how to overcome the challenges that lie ahead.