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Dean's Message

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responsibility

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  • the state or fact of being responsible, answerable, or accountable for something within one’s power, control, or management.

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]oma Linda University was created more than 100 years ago to develop a special kind of health professional:  a person who deeply cared for others and was committed to making their life better.  This person would not only consider the physical aspects of disease, but would care for the whole person:  thoughts, emotions, soul, relationships.  This type of care creates a special bond between Loma Linda and the community, we don’t only care about landscaping, shopping malls, and roads; we also care about the air we breathe, places to play, the ability to purchase natural foods, a house of worship.  We feel that we are accountable to a society that expects us to help prepare its citizens to improve its communities.

  • a particular burden of obligation upon one who is responsible :

This burden comes from more than a mandate from public health as a discipline.  It is even more than the expectation of the society we are a part of.  This particular burden comes from our core as Christian believers:

Then the King will say to those on the right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father…For I was hungry, and you fed me.  I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink.  I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.  I was naked, and you gave me clothing.  I was sick, and you cared for me.  I was in prison, and you visited me. Matthew 25

  • a person or thing for which one is responsible :

As a School of Public Health, we feel responsible.  San Bernardino is our home.  We are a part of this community.  It is a community rich in culture, diversity, tradition, belief.  It is also a suffering community.  We feel responsible and, through this magazine, would like to share what we are doing about that feeling.  By reading it you will become acquainted with what our President, our Faculty, our Students and Alumni are doing together, in their respective roles, to make San Bernardino a better place.

  • reliability or dependability, especially in meeting debts or payments.

We owe a great debt to a community that has welcomed students, faculty and staff from all corners of the country and of the world to prepare to lead and serve.  Our school of public health has the ability to respond, response-ability, through the research we conduct, the classes we teach and our practical interactions with our community.  We welcome the responsibility.  Join us!

Tricia Penniecook, MD, MPH
Dean, Loma Linda University School of Public Health

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