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Giving leaders flexibility

“After serving on a volunteer alumni advisory council at the School, I came to appreciate how much HSPH depends on alumni support. Having been fortunate enough to enjoy some success in starting my own clinics, I wanted to give back. This is…

Timely and critical to our work

“For seven years, we have been losing honeybee populations at an alarming rate, but until 2012, no one could say why. That’s when we published a paper tracing this loss to a group of pesticides called neonicotinoids. As a result, the European…

Prevention is the smart way to go

"Everyone should be able to enjoy healthy, prosperous, vibrant communities and neighborhoods. Plus, when communities are strong, businesses are strong. It all cycles together. We can’t have a strong economy without a healthy population. “This is why we are thrilled to be…

Leonid Sergius Snegireff Fellowship

“My father, Leonid Snegireff, MD, earned both his master’s degree (in 1939) and doctorate (in 1942) at the School of Public Health, and he later became a professor there. He was one of the first scientists to link lung cancer and cigarette…

Improvements in health for everyone

"I became passionate about maternal health during my obstetrics and gynecology rotation at Muhimbili National Hospital, the largest hospital in Tanzania. Seeing mothers suffering and even dying due to preventable pregnancy complications was heartbreaking. Why should women just die like that? I thought…

Fostering a worldwide ripple effect

 “As the first director of the Harvard PhD Program in Health Policy, which includes six Schools, my admiration for the School of Public Health has grown. The Department of Nutrition, under Professor Walter Willett’s leadership, has become a top priority of mine.…

Making health systems more efficient

“Investments in public health are very efficient because we eliminate disease before it happens. It would be very difficult to find any other cause where a relatively small amount of support can have such a broad impact. I am especially impressed with…

Flexible funds to open opportunities

“It is so important for the School to have flexible money to invest in new ideas, but money that comes without strings attached is hard to come by. I want to help with that. “When you write a new proposal, you obviously…

Melding technology and public health

“As a doctoral student in the 1970s, I became fascinated with ways of melding technology with public health, and that interest has stayed with me. While I went on to a career in technology, I remained passionate about public health, and ten…

Disciplined rigor and tangible results

“Our commitment to Harvard School of Public Health is closely linked to the four years John headed the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. foreign-aid agency dedicated to fighting global poverty through sustainable economic growth within the framework of good government. This experience…

Research support and scholarship aid is essential

"My lab is looking for the ‘soft spots’ in human design—the physical vulnerabilities that make us susceptible to common and complex diseases. In particular, we are exploring why chronic non-communicable diseases emerge in clusters. For example, someone who becomes obese is also…

Opening the door

"For me, the Harvard School of Public Health opened the door to a higher level of public health practice. I would likely have become a public health officer in a small town. I was encouraged to apply as the School's first veterinarian…

In memoriam: Susan Curran

Susan Curren, left, on a 2007 Harvard AIDS Initiative trip to Botswana. At right is Sheila Tlou, who was Botswana's Minister of Health at the time. "When Susan and I first became involved with the Harvard School of…

Work of importance and impact

"As the recent chair of the School's Alumni Award of Merit committee and immediate past president of the Alumni Association, I have been impressed by the significant contributions our graduates are making in senior positions around the world. Unfortunately, many exceptional students…

Oriented toward implementation

"Most people view medical research in a patient-centric way. But I've come to see that public health research provides the foundation. I am impressed with the breadth of the work at HSPH, from demographics to genetics. With faculty members who are not…

Elevating science and practice

"When we witnessed the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, we wanted to go above and beyond to help out. Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, blew us away not only with the amazing work HHI was doing on the…

Simple ideas with real potential

"I am interested in improving health care in resource-poor settings. When deciding what projects to support, I look at who is doing the strongest, most innovative work, and whether they have the capability to test their concepts in multiple locations around the…

Deserving students

Esther and Sumner Feldberg "Harvard School of Public Health draws young people who will go on to do wonderful work around the world--but who will not be as well compensated for that work as those of us who…

Preserving diversity

"When I was dean, we found that among the top admitted students identified by each department, nearly all chose to come to HSPH when they were offered financial aid for both living expenses and tuition. If we aspire to train public health…

Leaving it to others

"I have reached the age where I know that the problems of the world are not going to be solved by me--so I leave that to other people and do what I can to support them in a small way. I first…

In memoriam: Mel First

Mel First was a practical man who valued research for the solutions it provides to issues in the real world. Not content simply to identify public health problems, Mel's life purpose was to solve them. He conducted groudbreaking research on cleaning the…

Support for innovation

"I believe that when you identify the strongest scientists, you back them all the way. Given the inflexibility of federal funding for science research, what is needed is more support for innovation. From the beginning, HSPH's Max Essex recognized that HIV/AIDS would…

Important contributions

"Harvard School of Public Health does outstanding work training people who go on to work in communities around the world, including the United States, where improved health care is desperately needed. Yet despite their important contributions, public health graduates often earn much…

Preventative perspective

"My training as a pediatric dentist was very clinically oriented. But when I came to the School for my MPH, I had the opportunity to step outside the box and think about the preventative side of dentistry that helps populations of children.…

Reforming health systems

"Over the past decade, there has been a growing global awareness that health systems need to be reformed so that we can best use our resources to improve people's health. HSPH established the first disciplined-based doctoral program in the world to focus…

Funding skills and assets

Jamie Cooper-Hohn "The health landscape has change dramatically in Africa and India over the last decade, with much more significant expectations around what we can achieve for the broad population, as well as a new and substantial influx…

Leverage to affect change

"Harvard School of Public Health focuses on areas that fit nicely with our foundation's interest in women and children's health, and its experts have the leverage to affect change in a meaningful way. Their research, experience in the field, and connections in…

Supporting at a personal level

"I chose to become involved with HSPH because the School has the capacity to affect not just a small population, but the entire world. I have yet to identify another organization with such a global footprint. The great advantage of funding scholarships…