DLSPH Open: Welcome Back!
Dear DLSPH Community,
Welcome to a second Fall term that’s unique in the history of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. This is such a rare and extraordinary time. And although the COVID-19 pandemic requires us to do things differently for a little longer, the safety measures we’re taking underscore the importance of our work in public health and health systems.
We may be starting online, but I am confident this school year won’t end the way it began. Plans are well underway for a careful and thoughtful return to in-person learning at DLSPH in January. In the meantime, and with a great deal of leadership and support from our entire community, I’m determined that we’ll make this term a vibrant and exciting time at our School.
Last week, I had the pleasure of addressing Canada’s first Doctor of Public Health cohort online. Afterwards, there was time for questions and to meet students. I was so impressed that many students already know how they want to use their education to change our health systems. They have ideas about how to help health executives make better decisions, and increase understanding about how poverty affects health. Many are actively considering how we transition out of the pandemic.
I left that meeting feeling very inspired. I see DLSPH alumni doing such exciting things around our health systems these days, and I take great pride in that. It’s why, no matter what other work I’m involved with, I’ve always made time to teach, because I love it.
Students ground me. You ask me questions I’d never expect, and I enjoy the process of making sure I’m up to speed so that my classes are the best they can be. I can’t wait to see you again in person, or to meet you for the first time, whether online or in person, at an outdoor gathering. In the meantime, here’s to a great Fall term!
Be well and stay safe.
All my best,