Boston University School of Public Health's latest news, upcoming events, and announcements.
October 4, 2020
Message from the Dean
Public Health. Now Is the Time.
Upcoming Public Health Conversation
Stopping Suicide: A Population Health Approach to Preventing Suicide (Part 2 of 3)
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Streamlining PTSD Diagnosis with Machine Learning
Among veterans, the “gold standard” diagnostic assessment for PTSD could be shortened. Different items in the diagnostic proved less important for male or for female veterans.
COVID Has Likely Tripled Depression Rates in the US
An estimated 27.8 percent of adults had depression symptoms as of mid-April, compared to 8.5 percent before the pandemic. The biggest increase in depression symptoms is among people with less income and savings.
Rural Gun Suicide Risks Shaped by Socioeconomic and Environmental Factors
Targeting areas with high opioid and firearm use may be a better strategy for prevention.
Public health Post
Profile: Dévora Kestel
Ahead of the October 8 panel of "Stopping Suicide: A Population Health Approach to Preventing Suicide," Kestel defines mental health and summarizes access to mental healthcare services globally in the time of COVID-19.
Mental Health Stigma: Addressing Student Needs on Campus
In this webinar, Sarah Lipson examines different forms of stigma, relationships between stigma and mental health service utilization, and trends in stigma over time.
Activist Lab
Students Create Community Change in Activist Lab Fellowships
Moneesha Dasgupta, Carol (CJ) Bigsby, and Cheyenne Bailey are working on projects that address substance use, patient-centered care, and the impact of COVID-19.
Featured Faculty
Professor Leads Research on Gun Violence, Alcohol Policies
Since joining SPH in 2010, Ziming Xuan has studied the impact of national and global policies that aim to reduce substance use and firearm violence.
Public Health Post
PHPod Episode 8: Antiracism and the Public’s Health
Ibram X. Kendi reflects on COVID-19, the history of health disparities, freedom, and his best-selling book, How to Be an Antiracist.
In the Media
How the 6-Feet Rule Can Lead Us Astray — opinion by Patricia Janulewicz Lloyd, assistant professor of environmental health; Wendy Heiger-Bernays, clinical professor of environmental health; Thomas Webster, professor of environmental health; Jennifer Weuve, associate professor of epidemiology; and Eleanor Murray, assistant professor of epidemiology.
The Hill
Five Environmental Policy Questions That Should Be Asked in the Presidential Debates — opinion co-authored by Jonathan Levy, professor and chair of environmental health.
Boston 25 News
National Survey Finds Low School COVID-19 Rates After First Week Back — interview with Brooke Nichols, assistant professor of global health.
This College Student Headed Back to Campus. Then an Epidemiologist Rated Her Every Move. — interview with student Shagun Modi.
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Looking Ahead
COVID-19: Community Conversations
Tuesday, October 6, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Online.
Virtual Open Office Hour with Dean Andrade
Tuesday, October 6, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Online.
Virtual Open Office Hour with Dean Lazic
Wednesday, October 7, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Online.
Stopping Suicide: A Population Health Approach to Preventing Suicide (Part 2 of 3)
Thursday, October 8, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Online.
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