Connecting with SPH
I hope everyone is enjoying the fall season. We are now right in the middle of the fall semester, in what might seem to many in our community as the busiest part of the academic year, with classes and academic events in full swing. We have had a remarkable series of events at the School, both in the departments and centers as well as at the School level. Just to highlight two among many, we had a terrific Dean’s Seminar on “The Health of Refugees: Europe in Crisis,” featuring an outstanding panel discussion chaired by Professor Sondra Crosby, and hosted the annual Bicknell Lecture, anchored by Professor Sheldon Danziger, titled “Should the Mission of Public Health Be the Eradication of Poverty?”
Looking ahead to November, I want to highlight that on Monday, November 2, we will be holding our annual alumni reception in conjunction with the APHA Conference in Chicago at the Willis Tower, Skydeck, 99th Floor. It will be a terrific night to connect with alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and students while overlooking the city. We are excited to honor three alumni with a Distinguished Alumni Award: Vivian Cabral (’97), a consultant at the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation; Khalil Memon (’99), president of DK Healthcare Services Inc.; and Lois Simon (’83), president of Commonwealth Care Alliance. We also have a broad range of ongoing events at the School, at which we hope to see all members of our alumni, student, staff, and faculty community. One event of note is the Charles L. Donahue Frontiers in Public Health Speakers Series, which will be held November 19 at the Union Club of Boston. The event, “Making Change Happen: Innovation in Healthcare,” will feature panelists Robert Masters MD, CEO of Commonwealth Care Alliance, and Christina Severin (’95), an independent healthcare consultant. The event will be moderated by Professor David Rosenbloom, chair ad interim of the Department of Health Law, Policy & Management.
I also wish to take a moment to mention two items for which alumni participation is essential to our success. The first is that we need alumni to complete the alumni survey that went out to all SPH alumni in early October and which will close on November 16. The results of the survey are important for our CEPH accreditation process in 2018, and will also inform how we can best serve the needs of SPH alumni moving forward. Second, in 2016 we are launching a Student Alumni Mentoring program, StAMP, and we need alumni to sign up to mentor our incoming class. There will be a direct matches of alumni to students, with alumni sharing their academic experience and professional guidance to our future public health leaders. We are grateful for your participation in both important activities.
We are now looking ahead with excitement to 2016, when we will be celebrating our 40th anniversary. Our theme for our 40th anniversary is “Forty Years Forward: SPH’s 40th Anniversary,” reflecting the excellence and achievement of our School community, and seeing that as a foundational building block for our work over the coming 40 years. On our celebrations for the year, I would encourage everyone to save two dates. In 2016, we will be launching our 40th anniversary celebration on Thursday, February 4, at 6 p.m. at the Algonquin Club of Boston. We will be capping off our celebrations with a 40th anniversary gala dinner on November 17 at 6 p.m. at The State Room. More details on these and a range of other events during the 40th anniversary will be coming next month.
Until then though, one look ahead, just to get everyone thinking. One of our activities for the 40th anniversary will be 40 photographs from our community about our work in public health. We invite all members of our community to submit a photograph, taken throughout 2016, about any aspect of your work that illuminates the work of public health alumni, students, staff, and faculty. The best 40 submissions will be printed in our annual SPH This Year publication, and all photographs will become part of our photograph repository to illustrate the work of the School. More details on this next month.
Until then, my very best to all for the coming month.
Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH