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From the Dean's Desk

The monthly Dean's message to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and our community 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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  • 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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  • For Philadelphia’s Public Health Infrastructure, Key Lessons From the Pandemic

    10/28/2021 9:32:00 AM

    The last year and a half has made more visible than ever the multiple ways in which the social and economic systems that we live in affect our health and create and sustain profound inequities in health across races, social classes, and neighborhoods.

    Dean Diez Roux shares lessons about creating a healthier city have emerged from these past 18 months.

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  • Our Global Failure to Vaccinate

    9/29/2021 9:32:21 AM

    Dean Diez Roux writes about the allocation and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, which, like the pandemic itself, have illustrated with shocking clarity how the structures and systems in our society fail to achieve the values of equity and opportunity for all.

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  • Letter from Buenos Aires

    8/31/2021 8:22:00 AM

    Dean Diez Roux writes about the vibrancy of her hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the challenges that the pandemic has highlighted in cities in Latin America and around the world: transportation, health care, enormous inequalities, and more.

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  • A Much Needed Summer Break

    6/28/2021 8:22:54 AM

    Dean Diez Roux shares reflections from the past academic year and her hope for everyone's summer: "This year more than ever we all need a time to rest, recover and re-energize."

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  • The Promise of Spring 2021

    5/26/2021 9:38:27 AM

    In this month's letter, Dean Diez Roux reflects on wrapping up an academic year like no other and the hope that this spring season has brought.

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  • A Week in My Work Life

    4/30/2021 10:35:00 AM

    What does a Dean of Public Health do all day? Here is a bit of my work life from last week… a rollercoaster but also rich and stimulating in so many ways.

    I am fortunate to do so many different things and work with so many talented people, staff, faculty, and students at Dornsife and colleagues from all over the world.

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