Trends and hashtags can raise awareness, but education and difficult conversations can really move the needle from injustice and racism to understanding and equity. Michigan student-athletes, including alum and current master’s student Briana Nelson, formed a student organization to move us forward to change.
It can take a long time to develop new policy, and some advocacy roads lead to dead ends. But good advocacy work always makes a difference. As racism, policing, and police reform were becoming the national public health story of the summer, student leaders led a remote advocacy initiative to continue bringing public health insights to the discourse.
Rohan Jeremiah, MPH ’06
As alum and public health professor Rohan Jeremiah knows well, public health does its best work when it remembers the inherent strengths and unique qualities of the communities it seeks to serve. This means paying close attention to local cultures and thinking creatively about ways to turn challenges into opportunities.