La Jolla Sunrise
La Jolla Shores Hotel
8110 Camino del Oro
La Jolla, CA  92037
United States

 “Passions and Public Health Predicaments in the Pacific”

Dr. Novotny will present the historical basis for the United States’ political and public health commitments in the US Affiliated Pacific Islands, including the Territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, as well as the Freely Associated States of the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.  From the devastation of World War II, through the nuclear testing in the ‘Trust Territories,” to the emergence of independent small countries that are now threatened by climate change, to the appearance of zika in French Polynesia, to the growth of multinational military interests across the Pacific, to the explosion of the obesity epidemic among Pacific Islanders, to the challenges facing US and other nations’ health programs in trying to deliver health across this vast geographic area, the Pacific remains as complicated and as evocative to health professionals today as it was to the artist Paul Gaugin in the 1880s.