Best-Selling Author, World Renowned Economist Jeffrey D. Sachs Slated to Speak at May 5 Commencement

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The MGH Institute of Health Professions has announced that economist and author Jeffrey D. Sachs, PhD, will deliver the keynote address at its 27th Commencement to be held on May 5, 2007.

The MGH Institute of Health Professions has announced that economist and author Jeffrey D. Sachs, PhD, will deliver the keynote address at its 27th Commencement to be held on May 5, 2007.

Dr. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. As Director of The Earth Institute, Sachs leads large-scale efforts to promote the mitigation of human-induced climate change. Sachs is also President and Co-Founder of Millenium Promise Alliance, a non-profit organization aimed at ending extreme global poverty.

From 2002 to 2006, Dr. Sachs was Director of the UN Millenium Project and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary Kofi Annan on the Millenium Development Goals, which are the internationally agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015.

In 2004 and in 2005, Sachs was named among the 100 most influential leaders in the world by Time Magazine, and is the 2005 recipient of the Sargent Shriver Award for Equal Justice. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities of Our Time (Penguin, 2005). In it, Sachs suggests a nine-step plan to eradicate global extreme poverty by the year 2025.

"Poverty and health are inextricably bound to one another throughout the world and present some of the most important challenges Institute graduates will face," said Institute President Ann W. Caldwell. "We are very fortunate to have Jeff Sachs share his passion and insights at commencement."

This year the Institute is relocating its commencement to The Castle at Park Plaza across from the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, while the Harvard Medical School Quadrangle is under construction.

Ellen M. Zane, President & Chief Executive Officer of Tufts-New England Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Care Research at Tufts University School of Medicine, will present the keynote at the Institute's Honors Convocation on May 4.

Zane is the first woman to run the hospital in its 210-year history. From 1994 to 2004, Zane held the position of Network President for Partners HealthCare System, Inc.

The MGH Institute of Health Professions, an academic affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital, is an innovative and independent post-baccalaureate school that operates within the framework of Partners HealthCare System. A progressive leader in developing comprehensive models of health care education, the MGH Institute prepares advanced practice professionals in the fields of nursing, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, medical imaging and clinical investigation through a distinctive combination of academic study, clinical practice and research. An average of 750 students are enrolled in graduate level and certificate programs, with an increasing number of courses available online. The Institute is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

(Editors: Our style preference is to not spell out 'MGH' on a first reference to our name, as it incorrectly implies the Institute is a department within the hospital. Alternately, we recommend, "The MGH Institute of Health Professions, an academic affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital…")

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