Research that helps prevent suffering, online and off

Samantha RosenthalSamantha RosenthalSamantha Rosenthal, who will receive her PhD in epidemiology at the 247th Commencement, came to a career in public health research out of a desire to reduce suffering. In work as diverse as revealing connections between Facebook and depression and tracking global disease outbreaks, she has increased the understanding needed to keep people out of harm’s way.

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(Distributed May 14, 2015)

Omar Galarraga's HIV study discussed in Mexican newspaper

Omar GalarragaOmar GalarragaA recent study by Omar Galarraga - assistant professor of health services, policy and practice at Brown -  showed that the increased use of condoms or antiretroviral therapy in sex workers in Mexico City could help achieve a significant breakthrough in the fight against the pandemic, reducing the numbers of new infections among those who turn to services of sex workers.

(Distributed May 13, 2015)

Public health students win new master's prizes

Christopher GodfreyChristopher GodfreyElizabeth KinnardElizabeth KinnardOf the three winners of the Brown Graduate School’s new master's prizes this year, two were students at the School of Public Health. MPH student Elizabeth Kinnard was recognized for academic accomplishment, and Christopher Godfrey, in the Executive Master’s of Healthcare Leadership program, was recognized for professional excellence. The new awards recognize the accomplishments of a growing segment of the student population and will be conferred at the Graduate School’s May 24 Commencement Convocation.

(Distributed May 12, 2015)

The Barnes Lecture 2015: “Innovation, Data, the Public Sector and You: Catalysts for Change in Healthcare”

Bryan SivakBryan SivakAt the 16th annual Barnes Lecture in Public Health held last Wednesday, speaker Bryan Sivak led off with a provocative statement: "Innovative government is not an oxymoron." If anyone could make such a claim, it is Sivak, who recently concluded his tenure as Chief Technology Officer of the US Department of Health and Human Services, where he used the power of data and technology to make innovative improvements to the health and welfare of the nation.

(Distributed May 11, 2015)

Expanded hospice improves care but raises costs

Pedro GozaloPedro GozaloPROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A large new study in the New England Journal of Medicine, led by associate professor of health services, policy and practice Pedro Gozalo, examines the impact of growth in Medicare's hospice benefit among nursing home residents between 2004 and 2009. The researchers documented improvement in indicators of care quality, such as less reliance on intensive care and feeding tubes, but also found increased costs to Medicare of $6,761 per patient on average.

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(Distributed May 7, 2015)

Perception of U.S. care for the dying worsens

Dr. Joan TenoDr. Joan TenoPROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Surveys of loved ones who lost elderly relatives show that the perception of the quality of care for the dying in the United States has worsened over the last decade. For all the health care industry has done to try to make progress, huge gaps remain between how care is delivered and what patients and their loved ones want, reports a new study in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. Dr. Joan Teno, professor of health services, policy and practice at the Brown University School of Public Health, was the lead author of the study.

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(Distributed May 7, 2015)

Dean Wetle issues 2015 Dean's Awards and Wriston Fellowship

Dean's Awards winnersDean's Awards winnersOn May 4, Terrie Fox Wetle,  dean of the School of Public Health, issued the 2015 Dean's Awards for Teaching and Mentoring in the School of Public Health, as well as the Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship award.

The award recipients were: 



(Distributed May 5, 2015)

Melissa Clark receives advising award

Melissa ClarkMelissa ClarkThe Center for Careers and Life After Brown (CareerLAB) has announced the recipients of its Faculty Advising Awards for the 2014-15 academic year. Five faculty were chosen to receive the Comfort and Urry Prize, including Melissa Clark, professor of epidemiology and obstetrics and gynecology. The Comfort and Urry Prize recognizes faculty members who have been especially helpful to students in shaping their life goals and plans after Brown.

(Distributed May 4, 2015)

Six public health concentrators awarded Royce Fellowships

In a testament to the importance of the public health research being carried out at Brown, six concentrators in public health were included among the 24 undergraduates inducted this year into the Society of Royce Fellows. Royce Fellowships are awarded each spring, and inductees receive $4,000 to pursue a research, curricular development, or public service project of his or her own design. The fellowship, which was established in 1996 by Charles Royce '61, allows undergraduates to pursue independent research and share their work within a community of researchers and the public.

(Distributed May 4, 2015)

Biostatistics PhD Research Presentation Day 2015

Bahar ErarBahar ErarIn this data-driven era, statistics has an unparalleled opportunity to provide fresh insights into human health and the life sciences. The students in the biostatistics department are putting data to good use by rethinking long-held concepts and approaches to public health, and crafting new strategies for a healthier population in the process. 

(Distributed April 28, 2015)
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