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Marijuana, Microbes, and Milk: Science and Public Health Policy

June 14, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


ISC is partnering with the Illinois Humanities Council to bring experts Dr. Jack Herrmann and Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker, from University of Illinois at Urbana up to Chicago for a fascinating presentation that will shed a bright light on topic we see in headlines. The goal is to provide “news you can use” by presenting evidence based on the current scientific consensus—which may not jibe with current public health policy.

The program is FREE but seating is limited.  Registration is recommended at http://bit.ly/U9xspt

► What are the broad health implications of legalizing marijuana?

► What does the chemical THC in marijuana really do?  Is there more or less of it than in the plants of decades ago?

► Are there health benefits and/or risks from consuming raw milk?

► What about risks from exposure to antimicrobials in processed milk?

► What microbes should we be concerned about in our food supply and what can we do about it?

In this lively talk, these experts will challenge audience members to abandon common misconceptions related to real-life health issues talk and be critical thinkers who pay attention to the science.

Dr. Jack Herrmann, a veterinarian with a master’s in public health degree, was recently named the 2014 recipient of the Leadership in Public Policy Award from the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges for his 20+ years of policy work at the local, state, and federal levels. Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker has a veterinary degree and PhD and leads epidemiological investigations of infectious disease outbreaks on farms as well as training programs to prevent or respond to such outbreaks.

Both speakers are part of the Center for One Health Illinois, a program of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana developed to inform and improve public policy and public health. The philosophy of “one health” recognizes the interdependence of the health and well-being of the human population, wild and domestic animals, and the natural environment.


June 14, 2014
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602 United States
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