As many people know, on Friday, January 27, President Trump signed an executive order halting entry into the United States for non-citizens from a select group of countries in the Middle East, including refugees. Needless to say, refugees are a population that present a high need for public health, as well as humanitarian assistance. Responding quickly, faculty from the Bloomberg School of Public Health sent a letter to President Trump on Friday asking him to not ban visas and refugees from coming to the U.S.
The letter includes the signatures of Dean Michael J. Klag, Colleen Barry (Chair of the Department of Health, Policy and Management), David Celentano (Chair of the Department of Epidemiology), and Joshua Sharfstein (the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Training). In all, 26 faculty from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, School of Medicine and School of Nursing signed the letter.