COA presents film, talk on polio


RELEASE CALENDAR ITEM AT BOTTOM COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC PRESENTS MOVIE, TALK ON POLIO Need to fully eradicate disease stressed CONTACT: Donna Gold, Public Relations: 207-801-5623, 207-266-4470, dgold@coa.edu

BAR HARBOR, ME-Polio, contrary to what people might think, has not vanished from our world. Throughout Asia and Africa, this highly contagious disease is still destroying people’s lives. At 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, College of the Atlantic student Jesse Karppinen will be screening the film, “The Final Inch – Fighting To Eradicate Polio,” followed by a discussion of public health efforts to wipe out the disease. The movie and talk will be in McCormick Lecture Hall as part of COA’s ongoing Human Ecology Forum.

Prevention for polio has existed for over 50 years, and yet public health professionals say that if the virus is not biologically wiped out, it can become a problem again. “The Final Inch” features polio stories, as well as the work currently being done in India to eradicate the disease. It also discusses the current polio situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Additionally, Karppinen will present some basic biological information on polio and discuss its impact in Asia and Africa.

Karppinen has been focused on understanding international public health and medicine while at COA. He says that even though the world is close to a complete eradication of the virus, much hard work is yet to be done to make this happen. For more information on the documentary, visit www.thefinalinch.org. For more on the presentation on Tuesday, May 3 at 4 p.m., contact jvisvader@coa.edu or 207-288-5015. Free.

CALENDAR ITEM FILM: May 3 at 4 p.m. Jesse Karppinen screens a movie on polio, “The Final Inch,” with a discussion following. For College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum. McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor, ME. jvisvader@coa.edu or 207-288-5015. Free.

Donna Gold Director of Public Relations, Editor, COA Magazine College of the Atlantic 105 Eden Street Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 207-801-5623, office 207-266-4470, cell dgold@coa.edu www.coa.edu

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