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Putting the “Public” in Public Health!

As we chart our course to become the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, along with College of Pharmacy and College of Veterinary Medicine, together as the Division of Health Sciences, I am reminded time and again that this is the right time and the right team to fulfill OSU’s “Healthy People” goal.  Our team is nimble, flexible, proactive, creative, positive, confident, and thoughtful.  Our faculty and staff have proven, at every turn, that they are ready to transform us for the future!  I am inspired with our new vision – “Lifelong health and well-being for every person, every family, every community”.  I am also energized with our new mission – “Inspired by our mission as a leading land-grant university, we create synergy in teaching, research, and outreach to develop the next generation of globally minded public health and human sciences professionals. Through interdisciplinary research and innovative curricula, we advance knowledge, policies, and practices that improve population health in communities across Oregon and beyond”.

I recently spent four days with our Extension partners in Family and Community Health and 4-H Youth Development (check out my umbrella!) designing our new Outreach Collaborative for a Healthy Oregon (OCHO), a bold new idea that we believe will be a model for Extension nationwide.  Our team is committed to building an “engaged” community of practitioners, scholars, and partners who are in touch with both campus and the people of Oregon.  They are translating research into practice to for a healthy Oregon.

Enjoy this month’s Synergies, where you’ll find stories about how students, alumni and faculty are encouraging “Healthy People” through outreach, research and education.  Meet our alum Mike Bonetto, who was appointed as Governor Kitzhaber’s top healthcare advisor.  Learn more about our expanded Master of Public Health program and join me in applauding the accomplishments of gymnast and student scholar Laura-Ann Chong.  And for alumni who were on campus in the 1960’s and 1970’s and remember Professor Florence Petzel, you’re invited to send her birthday wishes on her 100th birthday!

Thanks for being a part of our global Health and Human Sciences Family and keeping up on our news!

Tammy Bray