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SPH This Week

October 11, 2020
Message from the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice
The Journey Ahead—Engage in the Activist Lab’s Evolution
Upcoming Public Health Conversation
Stopping Suicide: A Population Health Approach to Preventing Suicide (Part 3 of 3)
OCT 15
4:30 to 6 p.m.
School News
SPH45: Public Health. Now Is the Time.
SPH has launched a 14-month endeavor to showcase the research, scholarship, and practice of the school, culminating in a November 2021 celebration to mark its 45th anniversary.
US COVID Deaths May Be Undercounted by 36 Percent
For every 100 deaths officially attributed to COVID-19, there were also 36 additional deaths beyond what would be expected in a normal year—deaths directly or indirectly caused by the pandemic.
Young Adult Suicide Rate Linked to States’ Handgun Purchase Age Laws
States where a handgun buyer must be over 18 years old have higher suicide rates among 18-20-year-olds than states where the age minimum is 21. Raising the age minimum to 21 in all states could save hundreds of lives.
Alumni News
‘A Pandemic on Top of COVID-19’
Alum Paola Peynetti Velázquez is part of a Cambridge Health Alliance team that formed a telepsychiatry program in just five days to avoid an interruption in mental health services during the pandemic.
School News
‘Mental Health on College Campuses Is a Public Health Priority’
Sarah Lipson spoke about the mental health challenges of transgender and gender non-conforming college students, as part of a virtual Happiness Festival on the science of happiness and resilience.
Public Health Post
Profile: Lisa Wexler
Ahead of the October 15 panel of "Stopping Suicide: A Population Health Approach to Preventing Suicide," Wexler outlines a population health approach to preventing suicide in rural Alaska Native and Indigenous Circumpolar communities.
Public Health Post
Attacking Standards and Science
If COVID-19 has taught us nothing else, it’s that politicians need to train in ethics, in government, in the role of scientific inquiry.
Onboarding and Distance Learning as a Newly-Remote Employee
COVID-19 has propelled remote work into the daily routine. And while there are benefits, there is also a feeling of disconnect. Check out this PHX Perspectives blog from Digital Learning Designer David Langlois.
In the Media
Boston 25 News
DPH: 40 Communities Now Considered High-Risk Zones for COVID-19 — interview with Matthew Fox, professor of epidemiology and global health.
Boston Globe
Not So Fast on Indoor Gatherings — quotes Brooke Nichols, assistant professor of global health.
Study Finds Regional Pact to Reduce Transportation Pollution Could Yield Major Health Benefits — quotes Jonathan Levy, professor and chair of environmental health.
Baystate Business: COVID on the Rise (Radio) — interview with Robert Horsburgh, professor of epidemiology, biostatistics, and global health.
NBC Boston
‘You Worry about the Side Effects’: Doctors Discuss Trump’s COVID Treatments — quotes Davidson Hamer, professor of global health.
Associated Press
Ethicists Say Trump Special Treatment Raises Fairness Issues — quotes George Annas, William Fairfield Warren distinguished professor of health law, ethics & human rights.
How the Coronavirus Got to Donald Trump — quotes Helen Jenkins, assistant professor of biostatistics.
New Republic
Why Trump’s Experimental COVID-19 Treatment Could Be Bad News for Everyone Else — quotes Eleanor Murray, assistant professor of epidemiology.
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Looking Ahead
Racial Justice Talking Circle
Tuesday, October 13, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Online.
Virtual Open Office Hour with Dean Sullivan
Wednesday, October 14, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Online.
A Million Deaths: A COVID-19 Memorial
Wednesday, October 14, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Online.
Stopping Suicide: A Population Health Approach to Preventing Suicide (Part 3 of 3)
Thursday, October 15, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Online.
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