Harvard Public Health NOW

February 6, 2009

Public Health and the Obama Presidency

(Obama_HSPH_thumb.jpg)On the night of his inauguration, President Barack Obama attended the Youth Ball at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. Emphasizing the theme of service, Obama said: “We know young people, everywhere, are in the process of imagining something different than what has come before … Where there is war, they imagine peace. Where there is hunger, they imagine people being able to feed themselves. Where there is disease they imagine a public health system that works.” Do Obama’s comments signal a reinvigoration of public health in the U.S.? 

Also in this issue

Former Homeland Security Chief Chertoff Addressed "Meta-Leadership" Challenges at HSPH/HKS Program

(chertoff_thumb.jpg)When he was U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and head of DHS, Michael Chertoff was routinely charged with achieving collaboration across 22 agencies. He shared his insights about such “connectivity” while addressing participants in the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI), a joint program of HSPH and the Harvard Kennedy School.


Behind the Scenes at HSPH: Fernando Umana Keeps School’s Maintenance Running Smoothly

(Fernando_Ymana_1_thumb.jpg)Fernando Umana spends his days working behind the scenes to help HSPH run smoothly. Whether it’s contributing to the set-up of a flawless graduation ceremony or keeping the buildings looking pristine, Umana is one of the School’s unsung heroes.


Board Chair Tempelsman Received Award from HSPH AIDS Initiative

(max_presents_award_to_mt_thunb.jpg)The HSPH AIDS Initiative (HAI) honored Maurice Tempelsman with its Leadership Award at a dinner in New York City on January 15, 2009. The HAI Leadership Award is presented to individuals who have displayed outstanding vision, leadership, and courage in the worldwide struggle against AIDS.


Soon to Graduate? What About a Non-Academic Career, Suggested Alumni Panel

(Non-academic_Careers5_thumb.jpg)After toiling in classrooms and earning degrees from HSPH, students move to the next stage of their academic careers — finishing up medical degrees, accepting postdoctoral research positions, placing a toe on the tenure track. While these scenarios are true for many School graduates, there are also a plethora of non-academic settings embraced by HSPH alumni.


Around The School February 6, 2009

  • Faculty Promotions and Appointments

Exams and Defenses February 6, 2009

  • Alison Tse