As we head off for the Thanksgiving holiday, there is much for which we can be thankful. We find meaning and inspiration in our shared commitment to promote and protect the health and dignity of all persons, and to eliminate the obstacles and injustices that prevent individuals and communities from reaching their optimum well-being.
Here in the School of Public Health, we are preparing for a smooth transition in leadership as we welcome Dr. Boris Lushniak as our incoming dean in January. You can read more about Dr. Lushniak here. I would also like to recognize another addition to the School of Public Health joining us in January, Dr. Cynthia Baur, who will be the new Endowed Professor and Director of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy. Dr. Baur has worked for 13 years for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia and has helped to define best practices for health-literate communications. We are looking forward to her arrival and the leadership she will bring to our school. Read more about Dr. Baur.
We have many other School of Public Health faculty and student accomplishments to celebrate, several of which are highlighted in this November newsletter. As dean, it has been a great pleasure for me to attend campus events recognizing our outstanding SPH students. Two of our outstanding senior undergraduates, Sana Haider (BCH) and Kurt Hufter (KNES) were just honored with Merrill Presidential Scholar awards. Read about them and the SPH faculty members they recognized as a source of inspiration.
I also take pride in the innovative and creative efforts of the students in the Redesigning Health Care – Developing a Clinic to Meet Community Needs course offered by our Department of Health Services Administration. They have been helping to envision how the new Catholic Charities-Susan D. Mona Center, a collaboration among Catholic Charities, the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity and Doctor’s Community Hospital, will support the needs of underserved Prince Georges County residents. Read about how this Fearless Ideas course has used “design thinking” to teach students to understand health problems in vulnerable populations and apply this knowledge to generate systemic health solutions.
I wish you all a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving. May it inspire and energize you for the last few weeks of the fall semester and all of the activities to come with end-of-year festivities.
Jane E. Clark
Professor and Dean