In conversations with students, staff, faculty, and community members that informed our School’s strategic plan, the theme of Baltimore emerged time and again. Baltimore is more than our home. Baltimore is our history, our present, and our future. We must make sure that our work in public health has resonance and impact in our own backyard.
That’s why the strategic plan highlights the Power of Partnerships, stating that we will “partner to protect the population’s health and advance equity and social justice worldwide, with a special commitment to Baltimore.”
This special commitment is reflected in a series of vital projects across the city, in our commitment to SOURCE, in the mission statements each Department and Office of the Dean has adopted for the city, and in close relationship we maintain with the city, particularly the city health department.
Our special commitment also is reflected in our understanding that we must do more. More research co-designed with community partners. More listening to and collaborations with local organizations. More work with our colleagues in medicine and nursing to support community health improvement in local neighborhoods. More assistance to Baltimore’s leadership.
Together with our community partners, we will harness the power of public health to improve the health of our city.
Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD '79, ScM '75
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Click here to read Dean Michael Klag’s 2015 message on Baltimore.