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Our continuing commitment

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As we move into the shifting policies and priorities that come with a new administration in Washington, D.C., it seems a good time to reaffirm our commitment to our mission of promoting health, preventing disease, and reducing disparities at home and around the globe. We advance that mission through conducting rigorous research that informs policy and interventions and through educating the next generation of public health leaders. We continue to view the work of public health as vital to the well-being of the global population.

Our commitment to advancing the science of public health is unwavering, as evidenced by the work being done in our Center for Biomedical Imaging Statistics. Biostatisticians in the center develop the statistical tools that enable researchers to analyze the vast and complex data from today's sophisticated brain scans. These tools have allowed researchers to identify biomarkers of depression and other mood disorders and predict treatment outcomes, thus helping to reduce human suffering.

When you view health as a basic human right, as we do at Rollins, you are compelled to work to reduce disparities. Rollins diabetes researchers address this on several fronts. Diabetes affects all countries, but the poorest countries and individuals are least able to cope. Our researchers are seeing how well interventions that have proven successful in the U.S. translate into low-resource settings. Closer to home, our researchers are heading a newly established diabetes translation research center. One of the goals of the new center is to find ways to reduce the disparities in our own back yard, where younger, less affluent minorities with diabetes routinely fare much worse than their older, more affluent, white counterparts.

Rollins researchers are tackling a leading health risk factor of which most of us in the U.S. are totally unaware—indoor air pollution. The wood, dung, or crude charcoal burning cookstoves used in many homes across the globe blacken the lungs as well as the walls. Rollins is leading a five-year, $30 million study on the impact of cleaner stoves and fuels.

As much as we enjoy touting our research, educating tomorrow's public health researchers and practitioners is arguably our highest calling. We are honored that Deborah McFarland, associate professor of global health, was recognized with the 2017 ASPPH Teaching Excellence Award. Deb joins five other Rollins faculty who have been honored with ASPPH teaching awards in previous years. Our contribution in training tomorrow's public health leaders has perhaps never been more important.

Enjoy this issue of Rollins magazine and remain strong in your faith in the importance of the work that you do.

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