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Jimmie Lou DeBakeyLetter from the Director

Jimmie Lou DeBakey, Director of Constituent Relations

I often take time to think on my commute…about the School’s incredible work of saving lives – millions at a time…of our public health heroes who are our boots on the ground…of how our alumni in 176 countries across the globe make this community so valuable and necessary.

We’ve learned that our alumni are spurred on by intellectual provocation. To support that, we added a new feature to this very newsletter where we share some of the top stories from the last month of Global Health NOW. If you aren’t already familiar with Global Health NOW, I urge you to sign up and stay on the front lines of the latest public health news.

To help foster discussion and interaction among our community, we hosted a Dean’s reception in Atlanta last night and will host another one in New York on March 1. The School recently held a symposium to address the recent executive order on refugees and the corresponding public health crisis. If you happen to be in Baltimore, the Department of Health Policy and Management is hosting a Post-Election Policy Series to discuss various public health issues as it pertains to the current administration.

Above all, I am reminded daily that we have some of the smartest and most dedicated people working to solve public health’s largest challenges. And it gives me no greater pleasure to remember that on my daily commute as I think about what a talented global community we have striving to save lives – millions at a time.

Sending my very best,
Jimmie Lou DeBakey

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