“Public health infrastructure is something that, like a work of fiction, is made and not found.” — Lise Saffran
“Wonderfully immersive…Saffran’s prose is delicate and precise.”— Publisher’s Weekly review of Juno's Daughters
"We [in public health] have stories that are effective and powerful in their particularity and their universality, but we need to tell them better."
— Lise Saffran "Only Connect: The case for public health humanities" Medical Humanities 2014
Lise Saffran is the Director of the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Missouri and a writer of fiction and non-fiction. A graduate of both the School of Public Health at UNC (now the Gillings School of Global Public Health) and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, her creative work explores the essential question at the heart of public health: how do we balance our need for autonomy with the responsibilities of community life?