Prioritizing your health and well-being

Dear Members of the Harvard Chan School Community:

We realize that in the run-up to the U.S. election next Tuesday, some of us may be experiencing a sense of uncertainty and anxiety. We understand the human need to feel close in community with our friends, colleagues, and loved ones during this time. Yet, as public health professionals, we also understand the need to keep each other safe and healthy during the ongoing pandemic. We therefore encourage you to vigilantly maintain the public health practices that can mean the difference between becoming sick and staying well, as difficult as that may be.

To ensure that you care for your mental as well as your physical health, we also encourage you to take advantage of the following School resources—in addition to the Longwood Area and University resources noted in the email below from the administrative deans—if you are experiencing distress and would like support.

Students may contact Colleen Cronin in Student Affairs,, 617-432-1542, or Harvard University Counseling and Mental Health Services at 617-495-2042 (617-495-5711 after hours).

Faculty and staff members may contact Jennifer Ivers in Faculty Affairs,; Linda Picard in Human Resources,; or Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program at 877-327-4278 (877-EAP-HARV).

Please make sure to take care of each other and yourselves.



Michelle A. Williams, ScD
Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development,
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School