The Inherent Tension of Public Health

Yet despite these tensions, nevertheless, we persisted.

And here we are today.

Tension is what we do. We choose our limited space in the broad universe of health and we pursue it whole-heartedly, knowing our work will be inadequate, a small seed we plant that we may never get to see grow to fruition.

And I ask you to embrace yet one more tension. Make no mistake: we are the leaders and the best, trained by the leaders and the best. You are sitting next to those who will shape the face of health for the next century. But I ask you to be daring, and lead from behind. Be fearless, and listen more than talk. Use your microphone not to share your voice, but to amplify the voices of those who have been silenced.

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PhD in public health. He/Him. 🌈✊🏽. Talk and write about immigration. Author of “Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid”

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William Lopez

William Lopez

PhD in public health. He/Him. 🌈✊🏽. Talk and write about immigration. Author of “Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid”

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