PROVO — Populism is one cause of the global health crises that will be the subject of BYU's forum assembly address on Tuesday by Laurie Garrett, the only writer to ever win journalism three Ps — a Pulitzer, a Peabody and a Polk.
Garrett, who recently left her position as a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, will deliver the forum address at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The forum will not be televised or broadcast on radio or the Internet.
Garrett is an expert on bioterrorism, global health systems and chronic and infectious diseases. She told the Deseret News she will deliver a status report on global public health and current major crises.
Garrett said one current crisis is happening at the World Health Organization, which teeters on the precipice of bankruptcy.
"I don't think that anybody would doubt the need for WHO, but there isn't sufficient willingness to pay for it," she said.
Populism is a reason for the lack of funding.
"Generally across the board of global health and development, there is a pretty strong relationship between the decline of globalization and globalism as an aspiration in world politics and the rise of nationalism or populism, because countries are retreating back to their own needs and their own budgets," Garrett said.
"It's not a uniquely American problem," she added. "All over the world now we see a kind of retrenchment. It's a tough time for everybody involved in issues that link nations and get them out of their boundary thinking — or as Trump would put it, 'their wall thinking' — and into a more hands-across-the-ocean thinking."3 comments on this story
Garrett studied biology, bacteriology and immunology at UC-Santa Cruz, Cal-Berkeley and Stanford. She won the 1977 George Foster Peabody Award for her science reporting at a California radio station.
She was a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism while working for Newsday, receiving the Pulitzer in 1996 for her coverage of the 1995 Ebola epidemic in Kikwit, Zaire.
She won the George C. Polk Award twice, in 1997 and 2000.
Garrett said she left the Council on Foreign Relations after 13 years to launch her own venture. She said it is in the fundraising stage.