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SPH This Month

December 2, 2018
Message from the Dean
Reflecting on the Year
Upcoming Signature Program
Think. Teach. Do. San Francisco
Jan 9
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Merchants Exchange Club, 75 Leidesdorff Street, San Francisco, CA
Dean's Notes
11.18   Looking Back, with Gratitude
11.11   The 2018 Midterms: A Public Health Takeaway
11.04   Health Is on the Ballot This Week
School News
Hundreds Gather for Gala Honoring Those ‘Changing the World’
At For the Future of Public Health Gala on November 1, SPH honored students and organizations for their dedication and commitment to creating better health conditions for all people.
Healthcare Language Barriers Affect Deaf People, Too
Deaf individuals face discrimination daily; when it comes to their health needs, they cannot afford any additional prejudice.
Twitter Users Spreading Sexual Violence Prevention Strategies
With #HowIWillChange, Twitter users propose potentially effective bystander prevention strategies, but discussion has gaps, some misinformation.
In Conversation With
‘All Puerto Rican Voices Are Important’
Alum Debora Perez on creating Borikén Podcast after Hurricane Maria and using public health perspectives to examine Puerto Rican experience.
Alumni News
Alum Joins Ayanna Pressley’s DC Team After Historic Win
Lynese Wallace, Pressley’s current research director, will join legislative team in January.
Stress Associated with Impaired Memory, Lower Brain Volumes
High levels of stress-related hormone cortisol associated with worse memory and visual perception.
PHX Winter Institute 2019 Online
January 7–11, 2019 | Same great programs, better travel conditions. Start the new year off by updating your skills in Story Mapping, Biostatistics with JMP®, or Geographical Information Systems, all online.
School News
Student Receives Reach for the Stars Scholarship
First-year MPH student Khadyja Sarr receives scholarship from Sister to Sister International, Inc.
Recently at SPH
Scenes from the For the Future of Public Health Gala
On November 1, more than 350 faculty, students, alumni, and community members gathered at Mandarin Oriental, Boston for biennial gala themed "Together, We Are Changing the World."
‘This Isn't a New Industry; This Isn't a New Idea’
At annual Bicknell Lecture, panelists discussed impacts of recreational marijuana legalization, from effects on usage rates in both adolescents and adults to quality and dosage control.
‘Public Health Needs to Change to Up Front, in the Thick, and After the Fact'
At Public Health Forum, Deborah Prothrow-Stith, dean of Charles R. Drew University College of Medicine, spoke about various causes of violence and argued for prevention over punishment.
Think. Teach. Do.
For the Health of All
In the Media
All Adults Should Be Screened for Unhealthy Alcohol Use, New Guidelines Say — quotes Angela Bazzi, assistant professor of community health sciences, and Richard Saitz, professor of community health sciences.
The Hill
Transgender Rights Are Constitutional Rights — opinion by Julia Raifman, assistant professor of health law, policy & management.
NBC News
CIA Considered Potential Truth Serum for Terror Suspects — quotes Sondra Crosby, associate professor of health law, policy & management
Are E-Cigarettes Safe? Here’s What the Science Says — quotes Michael Siegel, professor of community health sciences.
Humanitarian Relief Headed to Help Immigrant Caravan — interview with alumn Sera Bonds.
Vote Health! — opinion by Dean Sandro Galea.
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Victory for Dignity and Respect
On November 6, 68 percent of Massachusetts voters upheld transgender protections by voting yes on ballot Question 3. This was a big, hard-fought battle, and the Activist Lab couldn’t be happier with the results.
Access to Paid Sick Leave Is a Public Health Issue
The American Public Health Association endorses paid sick leave, but currently the United States lags behind other nations when it comes to mandating paid sick leave benefits.
Researching Intimate Partner Violence
Professor Nafisa Halim shares three key points about researching IPV in accurate, safe, and ethical ways.
Looking Ahead
DEAN'S SYMPOSIUM—Urban Health: State of the Science
Thursday, December 6, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
PUBLIC HEALTH FORUM–The “Skinny” on Health Disparities among Asian Americans: Biological, Behavioral, and Social Determinants
Wednesday, December 12, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
Think. Teach. Do. San Francisco
Wednesday, January 9, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Merchants Exchange Club, 75 Leidesdorff Street, San Francisco, CA.
PUBLIC HEALTH FORUM—Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness and Poor Health: How Can Public Health Be Part of the Solution?
Wednesday, January 30, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
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