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Nunn, Dunsiger recognized for excellence

CHPHE's Drs Amy Nunn and Shira Dunsiger have each been awarded a Brown University School of Public Health 2021 Dean's Award for Excellence: Dr. Nunn for her achievements in community engagement; and Dr. Dunsiger for her accomplishments in teaching. For more about their work, and to learn about other awardees, see

Smokestack image by Chris LeBoutillier

Toussaint: Racial, geographic inequities contribute to "climate gap"

CHPHE'S Diana Grigsby-Toussaint, Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology, discussed the intersection of racial and geographic inequities with marginalized populations' exposure to the effects of climate change, pollution, and their associated health effects, in a recent Healthline article. For the full article, go to

Solitary person, image by Olya Lolé

Exploring psychosocial, emotional issues among LGBTQIA+ people during COVID-19 social isolation

CHPHE's Drs Katie Biello and Jaclyn White Hughto weigh in on a new study examining how the pandemic has exacerbated already existing psychosocial and emotional issues that affect LGBTQIA+ individuals specifically.

Self portrait of Viveka Ayala-Heredia

CHPHE's Ayala-Heredia's artwork featured in Brown's After Hours exhibition

A focus on healthy behaviors and self-care inspired CHPHE senior research assistant Viveka Ayala-Heredia to create a self-portrait, which now hangs in a digital gallery alongside 29 other staff artists’ works in Brown's "After Hours" exhibition.

Grigsby-Toussaint weighs in on schools as vaccination sites

CHPHE'S Diana Grigsby-Toussaint, Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology, offered commentary on some of the reasons why communities of color are proportionally underrepresented among the population of people receiving vaccinations. For the full article, go to

Paper examines socio-spatial consequences of COVID-19

A new paper by CHPHE's Dr. Diana Grigsby-Toussaint and Dr. Antwan Jones (The George Washington University) asserts housing and the residential context where individuals live will be critical to understanding how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect populations across the socioeconomic spectrum, but particularly for racial and ethnic minority and low-income groups in the US.

Risica recognized for excellence in mentoring

CHPHE's Dr. Patricia Risica, Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Epidemiology, is the recipient of the School of Public Health's 2020 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring. Each year, in conjunction with National Public Health Week, the School honors exceptional faculty members with Dean's Awards for their service to the School and to the field of public health.

Faculty in focus: Akilah Dulin, PhD

CHPHE's Dr. Akilah Dulin was interviewed in the Spring 2020 issue of Continuum, the magazine of the Brown University School of Public Health. In the interview, she discusses what brought her to the field of public health, how she works to apply her research to the communities she studies, and teaching the next generation of public health researchers.

Website highlights the socio-cultural, economic and health impact of COVID-19

The site was created by CHPHE's Diana Grigsby-Toussaint, a social epidemiologist at the Brown University School of Public Health. It brings together perspectives from colleagues from sociology - Antwan Jones (George Washington University), health geography - Imelda Moise (University of Miami) and family studies and early childhood education - Sarai Coba-Rodriguez (University of Illinois-Chicago) to examine the social impact of COVID-19.

Rhode Island's first LGBT-centered health clinic opens in Providence

From Providence Journal, March 4, 2020

"When (Medical Director) Dr. (Philip) Chan and I conceived of this clinic, we wanted to create a safe space for all Rhode Islanders irrespective of their gender, their gender expression, their sexual identity or their orientation." --Dr. Amy Nunn, executive director, Open Door Health