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WashU: Brown School Response to Unrest in Ferguson, MO

Eight miles from Ferguson, MO, the Brown School and its MPH program at Washington University in St. Louis finds itself confronting and responding to many of the challenges the crisis poses, including many that relate directly to public health. The civil unrest followed the shooting death of Mr. Michael Brown, 18, by police and has put the small suburb and its problems in the national spotlight.


[Photo: Dean Edward F. Lawlor]

“The events in Ferguson raise fundamental issues for us as a school and for the profession of public health,” said Dean Edward F. Lawlor.  “The specifics of our response are guided by an understanding of our role as a school, our respect for the community and the ways we can bring our expertise and resources to bear.”

To date, the Brown School has responded at several levels:

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[Photo: Dr. Vetta Sanders Thompson (left) and Dr. Jason Purnell]

Among the challenges the school has faced:

The Brown School hopes to act as a neutral convener with other St. Louis partners to bring together the diverse perspectives and interests of the community to arrive at both short- and long-term solutions to the community problems that have been exposed.

We invite our colleagues in the public health community to offer suggestions.  Please contact:  Dean Lawlor, ; and Dr. Matthew W. Kreuter, associate dean for public health,