Dear Friends and Colleagues:
As a global institution, the school is actively involved in an ever-growing array of programs throughout the world. As the U.S. and Cuba take steps toward normalizing relations, we here at SPHTM look forward to expanded relationships with Cuban researchers and educators. Such collaborations would be in addition to Dr. Arachu Castro’s popular Cuban summer course, which gives students a first-hand look at that country’s approach to healthcare. In this issue, you can read about the course and about our partnership with the National School of Public Health in Havana.
Elsewhere in the magazine, we mark the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a conference, new research, and the launch of a new center. We anticipate that the Center for Studies on Displaced Persons will help researchers from many institutions learn from local experiences, research that could inform practitioners and public officials in the aftermath of future disasters.
Here in the Tidewater building, we encourage an open and diverse student population. We strive to meet our students’ needs so they can feel comfortable while pursuing their public health studies. The new Interfaith Prayer Room is one such initiative that was opened in response to student need and demonstrates that commitment.
Thank you for your continued support of the school’s endeavors. Public health is at the core of so many world issues today, and together with our faculty, staff, students, and alumni we take a meaningful and effective role in addressing these needs.
Pierre Buekens, MD, MPH, PhD
W.H. Watkins Professor and Dean
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine