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Politics and Health

SPH This Week | Special Edition


Ahead of the 2020 election, a look at how politics shape public health—and how public health is political.


November 1, 2020

Dean's Note
The Election and After
No matter who wins this week’s election, the work of public health continues. And there is much work to do.
Messages from the Dean
Annual School Survey Is Now Open
Community Health Sciences. Now is the time.
‘Rights Will Hang in a New Balance’
Nicole Huberfeld and Wendy Mariner on how the installation of Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court will affect public health.
School News
Professor Named Associate Director at Center for Antiracist Research
As the associate director of narrative, Monica Wang will help the center produce and promote antiracist research, trainings, and first-of-their-kind degree programs.
Can the ACA Cover Everyone?
If he wins the presidency, there are concrete steps Joe Biden could take to make healthcare coverage more accessible and affordable.
What Are States Doing about COVID-19?
With policymakers and reporters weighing what works and what doesn’t in the battle against COVID-19, they’re increasingly turning to a database of state policies overseen by Julia Raifman.
A Potential Turning Point for the Environment
Four more years of President Trump almost certainly means further destabilization of environmental health policy. But a Biden/Harris administration must be prepared with the same swift and targeted action to rebuild environmental safeguards.
Public Health Post
Vote Like Your Health Depends on It
PHP's four writing fellows and three editors each look at a different public health issue at stake in the 2020 election.
Public Health Post
Recovery in the Republic
Raagini Jawa, an expert in infectious disease and addiction medicine, considers her recovery from symptoms of COVID-19 during the 2020 election.
Politics and Health News, Research, and Viewpoints
Published on 7/10/2020
Gun Culture 3.0
For most gun owners in the US, owning firearms is about recreation or self-defense. But there is a third gun culture, and it sees any firearm violence prevention effort as the first step in a scheme to take away all rights.
Published on 5/29/2020
Lifesaving Protections
Suicidality dropped by as much as half among gender minority patients in states that enacted nondiscrimination rules for private health insurance.
Published on 4/3/2020
‘Public Health Needs Help on Capitol Hill’
At the third event of the Coronavirus Seminar Series, legal and policy experts discussed the role of politics in the nation’s understanding of, and response to, the pandemic.
Published on 7/18/2019
Child Detention at the Border Is Torture
The World War II Japanese-American internment camps have been used as an analogy, but a more recent American horror may fit better: America’s post-9/11 “black sites.”
Published on 7/11/2019
What Trump Got Wrong, and Right, in His Speech about the Environment
In this case, the gaslighting was actually about gas (and coal, and oil).
Published on 6/5/2019
‘We Check Our Party Registration at the Door’
Hannah Kane, Massachusetts State Representative for 11th Worcester District, on the political environment at the State House and achieving bipartisan policies.
SPH in the Media
Psychology Today
American Health and COVID-19 — opinion by Dean Sandro Galea and Nason Maani, visiting researcher of epidemiology.
Amy Coney Barrett’s Ambivalence towards Medicare Raises Concerns about a Constitutional Challenge — quotes Alan Sager, professor of health law, policy & management.
Boston Globe
As Virus Cases Spike, Calls for a Nationwide Mask Mandate Accelerate — quotes Davidson Hamer, professor of global health; and Helen Jenkins, assistant professor of biostatistics.
What Canada’s COVID Response Can Teach the US about Social Safety Nets — quotes Paul Shafer, assistant professor of health law, policy & management/a>.
Washington Post
US Hits Highest Daily Number of Coronavirus Cases Since Pandemic Began — quotes Eleanor Murray, assistant professor of epidemiology.
No, Fight against Coronavirus Isn’t Rounding the Corner, as Donald Trump Said — quotes Brooke Nichols, assistant professor of global health.
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Looking Ahead
Women in Science: What Is Still in the Way?
4:30 to 6 p.m.
Virtual Open Office Hours with Dean Andrade
Tuesday, November 3, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Online.
Community Conversation: Election Reflections
Wednesday, November 4, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Online.
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