Message from the Allen School Director
Guy Palmer, director of the Allen School and Creighton Chair
We were delighted to welcome Governor Jay Inslee and key members of his leadership team to the Allen Center on July 8. The visit provided a great opportunity for an in-depth discussion about our mission and the key role that the school plays in enhancing global health expertise statewide. Washington’s global leadership strengthens our public health capacity, our educational opportunities, and the economy. Whether it is West Nile virus that can be directly transmitted to humans via insects, or a disease such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow disease) that threatens our food supply, detecting emerging diseases and having surveillance systems in place before the diseases appear in the state is critically important for rapid response and effective control. A leading global health sector also attracts new out-of-state investment and creates new jobs in for-profit and not-for-profit institutions. These new jobs strengthen our economy, and lead to development of new technologies and interventions with a global, and local, impact on health. Finally, but by no means least, leadership in global health and development provides incredible opportunities for our students, who want to make a difference in the world and seek the tools to make their mark. These students, in turn, inspire our faculty and help make our universities dynamic. Our faculty, staff, and students at the Allen School are proud to be a key part of Washington’s leadership in global health.