It is a great pleasure and honor to be associated with Public Health Reports as the Acting Editor. I have great respect for the Journal and the impact that it has on the public health of the nation and the world. As I mentioned to Bob when he first began to instruct me on the Journal's ways, my role will be, first and foremost, to maintain the scientific strength, independence, objectivity, and impact of Public Health Reports. At the 2007 American Public Health Association conference in Washington, DC, in November, I met scores of people who expressed great love and respect for the Journal.
During my first month of experience in the office, I felt like a kid in a toy store or a candy shop—each new manuscript submission bringing a unique area of learning for me. I promise to work hard and to continue to build on the strengths of the Journal that Bob and his staff have certainly enhanced—a Journal that is clearly a leading world publication for public health researchers and practitioners. I look forward to working with you as we continue the longstanding tradition of Public Health Reports, the journal of the U.S. Public Health Service, the Surgeon General, and the nation's oldest journal of public health.