Category Archive: Public Health

Toppling of the Silent Sam statue

Below is a letter I sent today to members of the Gillings School community. Dear Gillings School faculty and staff members, students, alumni and friends, My purpose in writing is to provide a perspective on the toppling of the Confederate statue called Silent Sam that occurred August 20 on the… Read More

US is evidence outlier on breastfeeding

Note: This post includes special comments from Ginger Sall, humanitarian, advocate, member of our School’s Advisory Council and board member for multiple organizations. Stunning US policy shifts Our inboxes are overflowing with digital outrage about the U.S. government’s latest actions on breastfeeding. There is a huge body of high-quality, peer-reviewed,… Read More

An Independence Day for reflection and resilience

How are we upholding our founding principles? Wednesday was Independence Day in the United States, and I found myself – along with many others, I’m sure – wanting to spend some time reflecting about our country. I’ve been thinking about the Declaration of Independence, and what it means in this… Read More

Whose family values are guiding the president?

While the President signed an executive order on immigration yesterday, ending his administration’s policy of separating parents and children at the border for detention, the crisis is not over. An estimated 2,342 migrant children, to whom the new order does not apply, are being detained with no clear plan or… Read More