The Public Health Innovation Fund allows the dean of the Fielding School to act quickly to develop new programs and curricula, retain faculty, support students and seize opportunities as they arise.
This is a pivotal moment for public health. Never before has there been such an opportunity to transform the lives of so many people, both in Los Angeles and all over the world.
Globally, far too many deaths are attributed to preventable factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, physical inactivity and obesity. The United States ranks last among high-income countries in preventable deaths. If the U.S. matched the performance of the top three nations, we would save 100,000 lives a year.
We have the knowledge and tools to save these lives and to help populations here at home and abroad lead healthier, better lives. To seize this historic moment we must encourage the public-health workforce by drawing the best, most committed young minds to the profession and preparing them to lead. We must apply local lessons to global problems. And we must work with partners to design and implement evidence-based strategies and policies we know to be effective.
Over the last 150 years, public health has doubled our life expectancy, given us clean air and water, guaranteed quality in our food, promoted safer workplaces as well as safer cars and roads — think about what we can do over the next 150. We can make sure people don’t die from treatable illnesses due to lack of knowledge or finances, or health-care equality or accessibility. We can address the root causes of health disparities in disadvantaged populations, including social concerns like education and poverty, through collaboration with experts in other fields.
Today, we face enormous challenges but also enormous opportunities. With your help we can build a healthier world.
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