From Harvard Public Well being NOW, September 21, 2001:
HSPH Gathers for Assist in Wake of Assaults
Simply two days into every week of orientation occasions for brand spanking new HSPH college students, the college’s group discovered itself drawn collectively immediately by terrorist assaults on Tuesday, September 11 in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania.
A “Welcome Handle” Turns into A lot Extra
Roughly 200 college students gathered at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11 outdoors the Kresge cafeteria to take heed to James Ware, dean for educational affairs, ship an annual welcome tackle. Most of the attendees apparently knew nothing of the assaults that had began merely an hour earlier than. Ware briefly described the occasions, eliciting gasps of shock and shock from the viewers. He then included the tragedies into a bigger dialogue of the position and mission of HSPH and public well being.
“One thing like this does contact a faculty of public well being,” mentioned Ware. “We in public well being consider that we’re a part of one world and that we share this planet, its assets, and aspirations for the well-being of all peoples.”
He continued, “If this occasion proves to be what we expect it’s, it reveals us that we’re a part of a world group, each in essentially the most horrible and most promising methods, providing a problem to us as a folks.”
Ware additionally welcomed the scholars on behalf of Dean Barry Bloom, who was flying that morning to Washington, DC to attend a press convention as a member of the Institute of Medication’s committee on stem cell analysis. (Dean Bloom arrived with out incident.)
Following his feedback on the morning’s assaults, Ware went on to explain public well being and its relationship to medication and its position within the Harvard group. He mentioned that public well being and medication have a longstanding partnership, with public well being centered on the well-being of populations and medication centered on particular person sufferers.
Prevention of illness–slightly than its therapy–is one other keystone of public well being that differentiates it from medication, he mentioned. The 2 fields, nonetheless, complement one another, and he described how HSPH had fostered significant collaborations with Harvard Medical College, notably in coaching physicians on enterprise medical investigations.
Ware concluded his tackle by urging college students to hunt what conjures up them. “Take the chance of your time at Harvard to search out what provides you which means,” he mentioned, “and let’s all come collectively to make the world a greater place.”
Boards for Expression
Nonetheless reeling from the morning’s assaults, a number of dozen HSPH college students, school, and employees gathered outdoors of the Kresge cafeteria within the afternoon of September 11 to debate their reactions. The Group Discussion board was organized by HSPH administration.
Examine a symposium on bioterrorism held on the College in October, 2001