Letter from Delta Omega Alpha Chapter President, Keshia Pollack, PhD '06, MPH
Dear Delta Omega Alpha Chapter member,
As I sit here writing the first of many letters to you as President of the Alpha Chapter of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, let me take a moment and say how honored I am to serve in this role. I was in college in the 1990s when my public health moment happened. At the time, I was one of the few undergraduate students in the U.S. with an opportunity to study public health. I completed a Certificate in Public Health (it was not a degree program yet!) through courses in health policy, epidemiology, and international health, and I was hooked! Now, as a researcher, teacher, advisor, and public health practitioner, I get to use tools such as injury epidemiology and health impact assessments to advance policies that create safe and healthy environments where people live, work, play, and travel. The work of public health is meaningful and fun.
The fun is why I am very much looking forward to my two-year term as President of the Alpha Chapter. This is an opportunity to revitalize and reinvigorate a group of public health leaders. I am excited to continue working with the Board to build on the great work that we began under the leadership of Carolyn Fowler, the prior Chapter president. And as we look ahead to the fall, there are a few exciting things that I want to draw to your attention:
- Our 1st Annual Meeting conducted via webinar. Chapter members outside of Baltimore have said that they feel disconnected and we want to change this. Thus, on October 14 from 12:15-1:00pm EDT you can log in from wherever you are around the world and hear chapter and alumni updates from me and Dean Klag, our featured speaker.
- Earlier this year we began a strategic planning process and are developing ways for more chapter members to be involved in committees and to run for positions on the board. We are updating our by-laws and will be in touch throughout the year with ways you can get involved.
- The winner of the inaugural Tim Baker Scholarship, Ms. Shreya Shrestha, recently graduated with her MPH degree and is a medical student at Dartmouth. Ms. Shrestha’s work includes conducting a series of mobile health clinics in Nepal and establishing a primary health clinic there.
- This year’s 2014 Poster Competition winner is Cailin Deal, PhD ’14 (Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology). She will be presenting at the 2014 APHA Meeting in New Orleans. I hope that you can attend her presentation, “Vectored antibody gene delivery protects mice against sporozoite challenge”, but if you cannot make it, I hope to see you at the School’s alumni gathering on Monday, November 17th . If you attend you will see our new Delta Omega Alpha Chapter banner which will be proudly displayed!
To stay informed of all of the Chapter’s happenings please connect with us by joining the Chapter’s LinkedIn or Facebook pages (please send us your news and updates to post!). Also, I want to hear from you, so email me with your ideas at DeltaOmegaAlpha@jhu.edu.
All my best,
Keshia M. Pollack PhD ’06, MPH
President, Delta Omega Society, Alpha Chapter