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Best of Summer 2020

SPH This Week | Special Edition


August 30, 2020

Dean's Note
Welcome, in a Time of Challenge and Change
A healthier world has rarely felt more elusive—or been more within reach. Thoughts on starting the year at an unprecedented moment.
Deep Racial and Socioeconomic Divides Are Shaping 2020
A JAMA viewpoint argues that any examination of the year's pandemic, recession, and civil unrest must consider the nation's socioeconomic and racial divides.
School News
Student Receives Fellowship to Study Massachusetts LGBTQ Youth Data
As a Rappaport Public Policy Fellow, MPH student Gray Babbs is analyzing sexual orientation and gender identity data for the Department of Youth Services to determine disparities among LGBTQ youth.
Fatal Police Violence Is Structural, Not Just ‘Bad Apples’
Residential segregation plays a key role in who police use deadly force against, pointing to the need to change not just how officers interact with black individuals, but with black neighborhoods.
School News
COVID-19 Story Map Illustrates Vulnerable Populations in Massachusetts
Attorney General Maura Healey and Jonathan Levy presented a new environmental justice policy report based on the SPH mapping tool, which was created by a team of faculty, researchers, and students, led by Patricia Fabian.
Coronavirus Media Failures, Harms, and Recommendations
COVID-19 is an urgent crisis. That makes careful communication about it even more important, a new JAMA viewpoint argues.
School News
Meet Craig Andrade: SPH’s New Associate Dean of Practice
The SPH alum has held leadership roles at the Massachusetts Department of Health, where he oversaw health equity and education initiatives for LGBTQ youth, youth of color, and other underserved populations.
Public Health Post
Who Gets to Sleep?
Poor sleep is not equally distributed. What does it mean for the public’s health if racism is one of the reasons why some people sleep less?
School News
Professor Receives $6 Million from NIH to Study Air Pollution, Noise, and Dementia Risk
Jennifer Weuve received two grants from the National Institute on Aging to study the impact of air pollution and community noise on one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Activist Lab
‘A Positive Message of Recovery’
MPH student Christian Arthur developed a mural project at two recovery centers in Boston to provide support and an emotional outlet for people experiencing substance use disorder.
Nearly Half of US Youth Have Been Stalked/Harassed by Partners
Family and neighborhood risk factors show that dating abuse prevention can’t just focus on individuals.
The Pro- vs Anti-Probiotics Showdown
Free Associations podcast hosts examine a study that looks at the effectiveness of probiotic use by those in care homes.
School News
Students, Alums Provide Critical Food Assistance to Boston Residents
Volunteers with mobile market Fresh Truck and Boston Medical Center's Preventive Food Pantry are helping families in need access healthy, affordable food.
SPH in the Media
Published on 8/26/2020
New York Times
The Fine Line Between Choice and Confusion in Health Care — opinion by Austin Frakt, associate professor of health law, policy & management.
Published on 8/25/2020
The Conversation
While the US Is Reeling From COVID-19, the Trump Administration Is Trying to Take Away Health Care — opinion by Nicole Huberfeld, professor of health law, ethics & human rights; and Paul Shafer, assistant professor of health law, policy & management.
Published on 8/25/2020
How COVID Plasma Treatment Works and How College Students Impact Virus Spread — interview with Davidson Hamer, professor of global health.
Published on 8/25/2020
Sports Illustrated
SI Survey: Doctors Say They’d Play in the NBA and NHL, but Not NFL and MLB — quotes Benjamin Linas, associate professor of epidemiology.
Published on 8/24/2020
The Trace
Gun Sales Have Hit Record Highs. Will It Change How Americans Vote? — quotes Michael Siegel, professor of community health sciences.
Published on 8/20/2020
Scientific American
Schools Have No Good Options for Reopening during COVID-19 — quotes Helen Jenkins, assistant professor of biostatistics.
Published on 8/20/2020
Coronavirus Is in the Air. Here’s How to Get It Out. — quotes Eleanor Murray, assistant professor of epidemiology.
Published on 8/20/2020
Boston Globe
New Report Recommends Men Reduce Alcohol Consumption to 1 Drink a Day — quotes Timothy Naimi, professor of community health sciences.
Published on 8/19/2020
‘We Don’t Want That,’ Trump Says of New Zealand After Country Reported Nine New COVID-19 Cases — quotes Brooke Nichols, assistant professor of global health.
Looking Ahead
There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration
4:30 to 6 p.m.
Practicing Boldly with Dean Andrade
Tuesday, September 1, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Online.
COVID-19: Community Conversations
Tuesday, September 8, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Online.
Virtual Open Office Hours with Dean Andrade
Tuesday, September 8, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Online.
Virtual Open Office Hour with Dean Lazic
Wednesday, September 9, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Online.
LfA Teaching Series
Thursday, September 10, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Online.
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