Hailee Dunn and co-authors awarded prize for women's health research

Hailee DunnHailee DunnA paper by Hailee Dunn and co-authors has been awarded the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize for best manuscript published in Women's Health Issues in 2014. The Gibbs Prize is awarded annually to recognize excellence in research on women's health care or policy. Priority is given to manuscripts that report the results of original research and that improve understanding of an important women's health issue. Dunn graduated in 2014 with an MPH from Brown's School of Public Health

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(Distributed May 21, 2015)

Ira Wilson and Dennis Keefe: Meeting R.I.'s Medicaid challenge

Ira WilsonIra Wilson"The state of Rhode Island has a good health care system. Rhode Island deserves and demands a great system. We can build one," say Ira Wilson and Dennis Keefe in a new opinion article published in The Providence Journal.

(Distributed May 21, 2015)

A statistical study of first-year college rape

Rape prevalenceRape prevalenceA survey of more than 480 female freshmen students conducted in 2010 at a university in upstate New York found that 18.6 percent said they experienced at least one attempted or completed rape in the year after they started college. Results appear in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The lead author of the study was Kate Carey, professor of behavioral and social sciences in the Brown University School of Public Health and Brown’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies.

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(Distributed May 20, 2015)

Nunn marks hepatitis testing day at Nasdaq

Amy Nunn, rightAmy Nunn, rightPROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A coalition of hepatitis C experts opened trading on the Nasdaq stock market May 19 to mark National Hepatitis Testing Day. Part of the morning's events on Wall Street included a panel discussion with Amy Nunn, assistant professor of public health and of medicine, who spoke about her work in Philadelphia to link medically underserved residents to care.

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(Distributed May 19, 2015)

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)
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