Dr. Barbara K. Rimer

A Message from Dean Rimer

Volume 1  |  Issue 1  |  Fall 2017

You asked, and we listened. After hearing that our alumni and friends wanted more regular updates from the Gillings School of Global Public Health, we asked our Advancement office to take up the challenge. And now, I am pleased to share the first quarterly issue of From The Well to the World™ eNewsletter. It has a selection of the latest news about the Gillings School and our exceptional research and education programs, students, faculty, staff and alumni.

You are an important part of our community and share our passion for creating a healthier, greener, safer world. It is why we want to share exciting news about the research, teaching and practice of our faculty, students, alumni and friends – and foster more connections and collaborations between us. To be useful, we want you to be readers and co-creators – give us your news, ideas and suggestions. This should not just be about us. It should be about all of us!

Since we first opened our doors in 1940, our school has been a place of practical idealism. Our innovative thinking, coupled with our commitment to social justice, has made us the leading public school of public health in the U.S. We are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of people in North Carolina, the United States and around the world.

Just in the last year, Gillings faculty and students have identified warning signs of intimate partner violence, developed new methods of testing for antibiotic resistant bacteria in water supply, found previously unknown risk factors for cardiac illnesses and investigated racial disparities in access to safe, clean water.

Our incredibly accomplished and supportive alumni prove each day the value of a Gillings education, as they lead the field of public health to new frontiers in all areas of our state, nation and world. Just in the last year, our alumni have made incredible contributions to public health. For example, Gillings alumnus Maximillian Seunik completed his first year of the Schwarzman Scholars program, the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century. Burcu Bozkurt and Lucy Wilson, both Gillings alumnae, are among 40 people under the age of 40 selected by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute in recognition of their advocacy for sexual and reproductive health rights.

I hope you enjoy reading updates about our school and the communities we serve, in addition to the many accomplishments of our remarkable faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. We welcome your feedback! Please share your comments, questions and ideas for content with us at alumni.sph@unc.edu.

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