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SHSP is Designated SDG Hub by the United Nations Academic Impact

The distinction puts SHSP at the forefront of good health and well-being.

June 07, 2021
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The SDGs are a set of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all." The hubs are named by the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), an initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations to achieve the realization of United Nations goals and mandates which include the promotion and protection of human rights, access to education, sustainability and conflict resolution. The SHSP was one of 17 institutions invited to serve as a hub for each of the goals, selected from more than 1,400 universities and various educational organizations from across the world.

The designation of the SHSP as an SDG Hub is the result of the work of Padmini Murthy, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., FRSPH CHES, professor of public health and global health director, and Amy Ansehl, D.N.P., R.N., M.S.N., FNP-BC, associate dean, student experience, director, applied practice experience, and associate professor of public health, who were named the official liaisons to the United Nations Academic Impact for this initiative.

“It is quite an honor and achievement for the School of Health Sciences and Practice to be designated as a United Nations Academic Impact SDG Hub, as we collectively strive to improve the health and well-being of all through academics, application research and scholarship locally and globally,” said Dr. Murthy.

Drs. Murthy and Ansehl will now identify programs and student activities that meet the objectives of SDG3 to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being and will be shared with the UNAI.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to put the principles of public health into practice,” said Dr. Ansehl. 

“Now more apparent than ever, public health does not stop at the border. The honor of serving as an international hub is a logical extension of our College’s 161-year-old mission and a great tribute to the tireless efforts of Dr. Murthy and Dr. Ansehl, who have established this extraordinary partnership with the global community,” said Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs.