Dartmouth President Hopes to Apply Public-Health Lessons From Rwanda and Peru to Binge Drinking

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Jim Yong Kim, president of Dartmouth College, is leading 32 institutions in applying a public-health approach to binge drinking.

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Jim Yong Kim, president of Dartmouth College, is leading 32 institutions in applying a public-health approach to binge drinking.

Controlling infectious diseases and binge drinking wouldn't seem to call for the same strategies, but Jim Yong Kim thinks they might.

Before Dr. Kim became president of Dartmouth College, in 2009, he had a lengthy career in medicine and public health. Trained as a physician and an anthropologist, he worked to prevent the spread of HIV in Rwanda and to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis in Peru. Now he's hoping that the public-health methodology he used in both places—an