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Public Health Expert Richard Jackson to Speak

Urban sprawl, a lack of green spaces and roads unsafe for pedestrians are among the common aspects of the "built environment" harmful to public health, according to national expert Richard Jackson.

A leading voice in the movement to shape "built environment" with an emphasis on public health, Jackson will present "We Are What We Build – Building for Health" at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, April 8, at UNC Charlotte Center City. The talk is for the annual Blue Cross Blue Shield Dialogue for a Healthier Charlotte and is organized by the College of Health and Human Services and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina.

The April 8 talk "We Are What We Build – Building for Health" is free and open to the public; however RSVPs are requested. This event also coincides with National Public Health Week, which is April 6 - 12.

'Fighting Ebola in West Africa' Talk Set for April 7

The free community conversation featuring a medical professional and Serving in Mission (SIM) missionaries originally planned for February has been rescheduled for 6:30 PM, Tuesday, April 7, at UNC Charlotte Center City. RSVPs are requested for this event.

"Fighting Ebola in West Africa: The Charlotte Connection" will feature Debbie Eisenhut, a SIM surgeon with the ELWA Hospital in Liberia; Nancy Writebol, a SIM missionary and Ebola survivor; and her husband David Writebol, also a SIM missionary.

Nancy Writebol contracted Ebola in summer 2014 when working as a volunteer in the ELWA Hospital. She was airlifted to the United States for medical treatment and has since recovered. Eisenhut is among the doctors who had responded to the crisis who were honored as TIME Person of the Year 2014.