TED Talks with novel ways of thinking about epidemics


Originally posted on TED Blog:

Gary Slutkin speaks at TEDMED about his unusual approach to the epidemic of violence.
Gary Slutkin speaks at TEDMED about his unusual approach to the epidemic of violence.

As a physician and epidemiologist, Gary Slutkin didn’t think he had much to contribute to the conversation about gun violence in America. [ted_talkteaser id=1840]But then he began to realize something — that outbreaks of violence follow the same patterns as outbreaks of tuberculosis, cholera and AIDS, all of which he’d worked on reversing during a decade in Somalia, Uganda and other parts of Africa. What predicts violence? Slutkin realized that it is in fact like a contagious disease because the biggest indicator is a preceding incidence of violence.

In today’s talk, Slutkin described how he and his team applied the science and public health strategies of epidemics to violence, with some amazing results in neighborhoods of Chicago. It’s a compelling story, and one that encourages us each to bring our own unique lens to problems…

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