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SPH This Month

October 7, 2018
Messages from the Dean
For the Future of Public Health
Annual School Survey is Now Open
Upcoming Signature Program
For the Future of Public Health Gala
Nov 1
6 to 9 p.m.
Mandarin Oriental, Boston
Dean's Notes
09.30   Changing the Structures That Enable Sexual Harassment and Assault: A Public Health Imperative
09.16   Building Cities That Bounce Back
09.09   The Fight for Transgender Rights Is a Fight for Health
09.02   Six Steps for a Healthier Massachusetts
Alumni News
Alumna Named Editor-in-Chief of American Thyroid Association’s Clinical Journal
Angela Leung will lead association’s monthly journal, Clinical Thyroidology.
White and Higher-Income Smokers More Likely to Switch to Vaping
Hispanic and Black cigarette smokers are twice as likely as white smokers to believe e-cigarettes are more harmful than cigarettes.
Significant Disparities in College Student Mental Health Treatment Across Race/Ethnicity
Half of white students with clinically significant mental health problems received treatment in past year compared to one-quarter of African American and Asian students and one-third of Latinx students.
Alumni News
Black Moms, in Their Own Words
Alumna Fatima Dainkeh’s video project looks beyond inequality data in her new short film, Stories of Black Motherhood.
School News
Professor Named Vice Chair of Environment and Reproduction Group
Lauren Wise appointed vice chair of Environment and Reproduction Special Interest Group of American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
School News
Water Squad Helps Vulnerable Combat Summer Heat
SPH volunteers bring community together by giving out bottles of water.
PHX Podcast
Should We Pay People to Quit Smoking?
Discussing pragmatic trial of smoking cessation and examining pros and cons of surrogate endpoints.
School News
Bridging the Chasms in Maternal Health
At conference on July 16 and 17, patients, advocates, researchers, and care providers used storytelling and improvisation to take on gaps in maternal health before, during, and after giving birth.
Recently at SPH
'Our Work Can't End with Trans Rights'
At Diversity and Inclusion Seminar, panelists discussed November ballot effort to repeal MA's transgender rights law, dangers of complacency, and why trans rights are human rights.
'We're All Ready to Work Together'
At Public Health Forum, Ellis Rubinstein, president and CEO of New York Academy of Sciences, discussed ways in which science and technology can help advance UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Think. Teach. Do.
For the Health of All
In the Media
Wall Street Journal
How Sound Affects Our Health — quotes Erica Walker, postdoctoral associate in environmental health.
Washington Post
The Health 202: Kavanaugh Hearing Is a Teaching Moment for Teens — quotes Emily Rothman, professor of community health sciences.
Boston Globe
With or Without the Catsuit, Serena Williams Is Going to Serve Black Excellence — quotes alumna Fatima Dainkeh.
Popular Science
We Already Know Air Pollution Hurts Your Heart—and It Might Also Hurt Your Brain — quotes Jennifer Weuve, associate professor of epidemiology.
New Study Finds Traces of Lead in Boston-Area Chickens — quotes Jessica Leibler, assistant professor of environmental health.
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Activist Lab Staff Member Receives NEHA National Certificate of Merit
Learn more about Karla Todd's advocacy work to keep the Public Health Training Centers in the federal budget.
It’s Dangerous to Confuse Sex Work and Trafficking
A new law designed to thwart online sex trafficking shut down sites like and Craigslist personal ads. Sex workers say the legislation increases the dangers they face.
Upcoming Webinar: Why Should We Care About Urban Hospital Closings?
Join us on Wednesday, October 10, at noon for a free, one-hour webinar on hospital closings and the consequences in access, cost, and quality of care with Professor Alan Sager. Register now.
Looking Ahead
SPH READS–Evicted: Poverty, Housing Insecurity, and the Changing Urban Landscape
Tuesday, October 9, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
PUBLIC HEALTH FORUM–Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The Science of a Diverse Community
Wednesday, October 10, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
DEAN'S SYMPOSIUM—Third Annual Population Health Science Research Workshop
Friday, October 12, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
DEAN'S SYMPOSIUM—Humanities Approaches to the Opioid Crisis
Friday, October 12 – Saturday, October 13, CRC.
For the Future of Public Health Gala
Thursday, November 1, 6:00 pam – 9:00 pm, Mandarin Oriental, Boston, 776 Boylston Street, Boston.
Think. Teach. Do. San Diego–APHA Conference
Monday, November 12, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Ultimate Skybox, 350 Tenth Avenue, San Diego, CA.
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