Making Progress Toward Justice

In July 2021, we launched our five-year Strategic Plan for Antiracism, an organized commitment to advance justice, equity, and antiracism across all levels of our school and in ourselves. One year later, we look at how we have done.

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SPH Behind the Scenes

Our new video series, “SPH Behind the Scenes,” shines a spotlight on the people and places that make the U of M School of Public Health (SPH) such an amazing school. Join Interim Dean Tim Beebe as he tours some of the 30+ nationally and internationally recognized SPH centers in fall 2022.

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Recreating conditions for chemical exposures

Applying a model to historical data can help us learn about past chemical exposures, such as from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Talking tick season

Summer is the time for ticks and Assistant Professor Jon Oliver talks about how to avoid them and what to do if you find one on your body.

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Supporting the safety net

Are safety-net patients benefitting as they should from discounted drug programs? Research shows the programs may not be aligned with need.

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Building Equity, Driving Justice

In 2020, we began drafting a strategic plan to fundamentally change our school’s culture, perspectives, intentions, and actions. In May, George Floyd’s murder spurred a summer of civil unrest and we knew it was time for a profound change in our school. We accelerated our plan’s timeline, and the result is our Strategic Plan for Antiracism.

Lauren Jones, Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, introduces the Strategic Plan for Antiracism. 

Far-reaching public health

As a practicing clinician in Ghana, Joseph recognized that the number of patients he could see every day was limited, but the impact of public health was far reaching. A significant proportion of people still die from preventable infectious diseases in Ghana and Joseph hopes that training in epidemiology will give him the skills to investigate diseases and design and conduct studies and interventions. How does he feel about studying in Minnesota?

“My wife and I love it here, to be perfectly honest. Minnesotans are really friendly and genuinely kind. I believe that this is a very great place to live and I have met very kind people here in Minnesota and would not trade that for anything.”

— Joseph Akambase, Epidemiology MPH

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