SKOWHEGAN — Denise Vaillancourt will discuss “Global Health Monitoring and Evaluation” at noon Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Margaret Chase Smith Library, 56 Norridgewock Ave.

During this Leeke-Shaw Lecture on International Affairs, Vaillancourt will focus on two of her recent evaluations — one on malaria control in Benin and the other on health care modernization in Albania, according to a news release from the library.

Vaillancourt is a native of Mexico, Maine, who has gone on to a long and successful career as an expert in the field of international health. She holds a master’s degree in International Public Policy from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University, where she also has studied health policy and management. In addition, she is an instructor in the Department of International Health at Georgetown University.

In 1976, she moved from the staff of Sen. Edmund Muskie to a position with The World Bank. She has served as a member of the Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group since 2003 and in that capacity, has evaluated health projects and programs in countries around the globe, according to the release. Her name may be familiar to many people as Monica Wood’s BFF in the author’s poignant memoir about growing up in a Maine mill town during the early 1960s, “When We Were the Kennedys.”

Register by contacting Lynnette King via email at [email protected] or by phone at 474-7133. Admission is free. The library will have water and light refreshments available for guests. Those who would like a sandwich lunch for $10 per meal are asked to contact the library by Friday, Sept. 25.

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