Dr. Ellen J. MacKenzie, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and several Bloomberg School faculty members issued a letter to stakeholders on June 14 calling for an end to separating families at the U.S. border and highlighting the public health implications of the policy.
“Our field recognizes the importance of avoiding Adverse Childhood Experiences for the healthy growth and development of children,” the letter states. “Trauma early in life contributes to a broad range of serious health outcomes, including social impairment, disease and disability, and early death. The harsh treatment of children at the border will affect their health and their lives for many years to come. The trauma to their parents is also devastating, and the lasting consequences to thousands of families will be profound.”
Joining Dean MacKenzie as signatories are Dr. Cynthia Schaffer Minkovitz, chair, department of population, family and reproductive health; Dr. Chris Beyrer, Desmond M. Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights; and Dr. Paul Spiegel, director, Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health.
Read the full statement.