Walton Speaks About Health and Human Rights at USF St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 1, 2009) – David Walton, a Harvard-trained physician who works with Partners in Health, will speak about health and human rights at a free lecture March 10 at USF St. Petersburg.

A presentation of the Harry J. Schaleman Honors Program Colloquium, Dr. Walton's lecture begins at 6:15 p.m. in the Campus Activities Center, located at the corner of 2nd St. S and 6th Ave. S. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Walton divides his time between Boston and Haiti, where he is an expert on the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. Inspirational as well as practical, he has been influential in shaping public views of healthcare and human rights around the world.

"He is one of those people that sets aside money-making and seeks what they’re passionate about," said Thomas Smith, PhD, Honors Program director and associate professor of government and international affairs at USF St. Petersburg. "He's the face of humanitarian impulse."

Dr. Walton has worked since 1997 with Partners In Health, a non-profit corporation based in Boston, Massachusetts, whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Through service delivery, training, research, and advocacy, PIH works globally to bring the benefits of modern science to those in most in need. PIH currently has programs in Haiti, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, and Boston.

Dr. Walton’s visit is the first Partners in Health event in Tampa Bay.

Free parking is available for this event in the Fifth Avenue South Parking Garage. For more information, contact the Honors Program at (727) 873-4872, or click here.