Ahead of the Curve, a new speaker series from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, launched in fall 2020 to share broadly the insights, vision, and perseverance of today’s public health leaders.
K. Rivet Amico
Capacity building is a ubiquitous phrase in grant applications, communications, and guidelines for many global health initiatives. Too often the phrase connotes an assumption that “established” US partners build knowledge or practice in “less-resourced” communities. What language can we use to more honestly recognize the value and contributions of all collaborators?
A hypothetical college football game—a familiar scenario for Michigan students—provided the backdrop to a remote preparedness exercise for public health students and the Washtenaw County Health Department. Familiarity with the Big House and surrounding terrain helped the students focus on how to keep everyone healthy.
Rohan Jeremiah, MPH ’06
As alum and public health professor Rohan Jeremiah knows well, public health does its best work when it remembers the inherent strengths and unique qualities of the communities it seeks to serve. This means paying close attention to local cultures and thinking creatively about ways to turn challenges into opportunities.
Students, staff, faculty, and alumni from around the School of Public and beyond work every day to advance our collective pursuit of a healthier, more equitable world for all.