I write this letter with great excitement and gratitude. What began as a project to connect students to the public health resources they require to continue their academic and professional development evolved into a portal that envisions unifying and organizing the field, thus making public health more accessible and transparent. It has been a long and challenging, yet beautiful journey. This would not have been possible without the support of family, friends, former classmates and colleagues and professors who share a common belief; that public health has the power to change the world.
Over the past few decades, we have witnessed the evolution of public health. The field has escaped its limitations of workplace safety and hygiene and has developed innovative solutions to confront wicked problems in socially complex times. From healthier mothers and babies, to the control of infectious diseases, to declines in heart disease and stroke related deaths, the transformative powers of public health are obvious. Yet, despite these achievements there remains a need for improved collaborative engagement and access to educational, scholarly and professional resources that contribute to professional development and the continued advancement of the field of public health.
I created The State of Public Health (TSOPH) because I believe that an available resource network exclusive to the public health community will allow the field to tap into its unachieved potential and begin to make the necessary adjustments to create a healthier and safer global environment. As I embark on this journey, I am comforted to know that you are sharing the experience with me and share my commitment to advance public health and transform lives and communities.
However, my team and I know this is only the beginning of the journey. Expect us to be proactive, creative and innovative; more importantly, expect us to be contrarian as we make little changes that have big impacts on The State of Public Health, because you...we…deserve to experience the full potential of public health.
Welcome to be the beginning of something special!
Christian H. Bijoux, MPH, MBA