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Dean MacKenzie

Statements & Announcements

We Must Act on Gun Violence Solutions

Once again, our country is furious and grieving. A gunman took semi-automatic weapons into an elementary school and murdered 19 children and two teachers. Their families and the Uvalde, Texas, community are completely devastated.

Racism and Guns, and the Threat to our Communities

We are sickened, heartbroken, and angry that 10 people were killed in a Buffalo grocery store on Saturday in an act of racist violence. A mass shooting at a California church the next day was also a racist attack.

The toxic mix of white supremacy and violence has no place in our society.

The U.S. Supreme Court, Abortion Rights, and Public Health

As you know, Politico published a leaked draft opinion earlier this week in the landmark abortion rights case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. This draft indicates that Roe v. Wade is likely to be struck down entirely. While this decision is not final, its prospects for the health and wellbeing of our nation trouble me greatly.

Reflecting on the past two years

Having now weathered two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are reflecting on the unprecedented and destabilizing events of two years ago, where we are now, and where we are headed.

We Demand the Protection of Health Care Workers in Ukraine and Beyond

Russia must cease these attacks on Ukraine’s health care facilities, as must perpetrators of attacks on health care in ongoing conflicts throughout the world. We demand the protection and respect of public health and health care workers even during times of war.

Keshia M. Pollack Porter, PhD ’06, MPH, to lead HPM Department

It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Keshia M. Pollack Porter, PhD ’06, MPH, as the next chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management, effective February 15, 2022. Keshia has an outstanding record of academic accomplishments, demonstrated leadership and administrative abilities, and a bold vision for the Department’s future.