The headline of this issue —“The Pandemic Paradox”— refers to the paradox of increased public health awareness and financial support during the pandemic, while at the same time experiencing decreased trust in public health and a declining public health workforce. Needless to say, we learned a lot over the last two years. We came together as a global community to develop testing and vaccines with unprecedented speed and collaboration. Within our college, we quickly pivoted to remote learning and recognized the potential of this new platform to expand our reach. As the chief COVID-19 officer for the University of Oklahoma, I am proud of the exceptional work that we have accomplished across all three campuses throughout the pandemic.
At the Hudson College of Public Health, our faculty and researchers are on the cutting edge of transmission modeling, data collection, and disease surveillance. Yet, many of us witnessed firsthand the misinformation that infected our communities and the resulting backlash against public health measures—like masking and vaccinations—in our state and throughout the nation. This was tough, and at times it felt like an uphill battle. However, we learned from our experiences. I’m a firm believer that we will recover public trust in our field and rebuild the public health workforce through education, innovation, and leadership.
A Word of Thanks
As we look to the future, I would like to thank you all for helping us continue to provide exemplary public health education to our undergraduate students in Norman and graduate students in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. We are grateful for the generosity of our current and past donors who realize investing in these talented students is an investment in the future of public health. Our college looks forward to continuing to provide enhanced training and exceptional research opportunities to students as we grow and strengthen the public health workforce. Read More...
Dale W. Bratzler, D.O., M.P.H., MACOI, FIDSA
Hudson College of Public Health