There also is an interesting article in JAMA on academic health-the point is that we have gotten so focused on teaching, research and service as outcomes that we forget the real goal of all our efforts in improving the public’s health. However, I believe people in our School don’t forget why we are here, and research like Jessie’s is a good example.
We had a very interesting meeting here last week, led by Tom Ricketts, PhD, Professor, Health Policy and Management. Tom leads the Scientific Advisory Committee for America’s Health Rankings, an effort to provide numerical rankings for all the US states, based on good statistical indicators linked to important health outcomes. It is a stellar advisory group, and I learn a lot every time I attend. From a communications perspective, it makes sense to give states a sense of where they stand relative to other states and what factors contribute to those rankings.
In between working much of the last several days and getting a lot done, I replanted a bunch of daylilies and pansies from our garden at home. It is always satisfying to finish something in the garden. The results are so tangible.
But the most exciting news of the week, aside from the Tar Heels winning the NCAA Championships is that Bo has arrived at the White House. He’s a very cute six-month-old Portuguese water dog with winning looks. Maybe he will have a positive impact on the stock market. Bo is welcome to come play with my dogs any time!
Happy Monday. Barbara