From the dean (Summer/Fall 2017)
For this issue of Carolina Public Health
, we asked members of our faculty, staff, alumni and boards to respond to critical questions about the future of public health.
To organize their answers, we assigned each to a category that closely aligns with one of our School's strategic theme areas, recognizing that a person’s work often cuts across categories. These categories include “Prevent Disease,” “Deliver Proven Solutions,” “Protect the Environment,” “Harness Big Data” and “Leadership.”
Andrew Olshan, PhD
"As a chair, I have come to appreciate being more open to diverse ideas from others."
Morris Weinberger, PhD
"Public health leaders must be prepared for change to happen at a much faster speed than in the past."
Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD
"Asking the difficult questions and managing the avenues of change – those are the spaces in which creative, innovative leaders thrive."
Barbara J. Turpin, PhD
"A science-literate public is essential to a functioning democracy and to public health protection."
Kurt M. Ribisl, PhD
"Don't wait years to develop a program in your area of public health – start drafting something and iterate it."
Carolyn Halpern, PhD
"One way to cultivate leadership skills is by identifying a mentor who embodies those qualities."
Anna Schenck, PhD
"When I try to define good leadership, I think more in terms of actions than characteristics."
How can we be intrepid public health leaders?
Dr. Amy Lansky shares her view that, in the face of uncertainty, leaders can rely on foundational skills related to priority-setting, use of data and sustaining partnerships.