During a CreativeMornings talk on Wednesday, October 14, in Santa Fe, SFI Omidyar Fellow Sam Scarpino explains why we must factor in poverty if we want to understand, and manage, the spread of disease.

Using technology and statistical tools, Scarpino maps the patterns of global disease epidemics. His results have inspired national-level public health agencies to dramatically change their disease-tracking practices. 

As diseases and their treatments continuously evolve, Scarpino asks what we can do about modern plagues—influenza, pertussis, arboviruses, chikungunya, dengue, West Nile, tuberculosis, and HIV—and he explains what a 1854 cholera outbreak in London can teach us.

Read the article in the Santa Fe New Mexican (October 13, 2015)

Watch the video online at CreativeMornings Santa Fe (October 28, 2015)

Scarpino presents three ways studying the impact of poverty on disease through a complex systems lens has improved our scientific understanding of epidemics, and he explores the influence of poverty on the scale of recent influenza and Ebola virus outbreaks.

CreativeMornings is a network of more than 106 host cities around the world founded on a desire to jumpstart the workday for creative professionals. The events feature casual talks for graphic designers, authors, artists, and other interested people. The New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe alternates monthly events in partnership with Albuquerque’s Creative Startups. Each talk throughout the world is videotaped and uploaded to CreativeMornings’ global website.