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From the Dean's Desk

Dornsife Dean Ana Diez Roux authors a monthly message to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and our community that provides updates on the school, reflects on our school's mission, and offers a personal take on what we in public health—through both action and facts—can do to make our societies healthier and more equitable for all.

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  • Cities for Health and the Environment

    10/28/2022 3:15:00 PM

    Dean Diez Roux reflects on the International Conference for Urban Health, the School's commitment to urban health, and the potential of cities to promote health, well-being, environmental sustainability, and social justice.

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  • Our Histories, Our Health, Our Collective Future

    9/26/2022 9:57:53 AM

    Dean Diez Roux discusses the power of numbers and data in public health as well as the importance of stories and narrative to motivate social action.

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  • Roe v. Wade and Public Health

    6/30/2022 3:17:37 PM

    Dean Diez Roux writes that laws and rulings protecting the reproductive rights of women are fundamental to gender equity, to women’s rights, and to the advancement of women, and that inequities inevitably emerge when abortion is banned or severely restricted.

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  • Sometimes It’s Not So Complicated: Guns Kill

    5/31/2022 12:25:58 PM

    Gun deaths cannot occur without guns, guns kill and having a gun facilitates the killing of people.

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  • The Commercial Determinants of Population Health: The Fight Over Flavored Tobacco

    4/28/2022 12:52:41 PM

    This past week in a potentially significant victory for public health, the FDA issued a long-awaited proposal to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

    Public health advocates have long argued banning menthol cigarettes would be an important step forward in decreasing youth tobacco use and health disparities, while facing strong opposition from tobacco companies.

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  • The Start of Something New

    3/29/2022 10:36:18 AM

    In this guest post, Dr. Barber and Dr. Bellamy reflect on the past two years, what has been lost or changed, and what's ahead.

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  • The Threat of War to Public Health and Humanity

    2/28/2022 9:34:00 AM

    Dean Diez Roux writes about the direct health effects and long-term population health consequences of war and how the prevention of armed conflicts is critical and fundamental to the mission of all public health professionals, scientists, and advocates.

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  • Beginning 2022: Creating Change Large and Small

    1/31/2022 9:34:06 AM

    In these times, when the challenges seem overwhelming and out of our control, we can find hope in smaller yet still meaningful and perhaps even transformative initiatives that we are a part of. For me, as we begin 2022, one of these things has been the launch of the Drexel Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) program.

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  • Celebrating 25 Years of Our School

    11/29/2021 11:59:28 AM

    Dean Diez Roux reflects on the 25-year history of the Dornsife School of Public Health and looks ahead to the next 25 years.

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