Dean Ashish K. Jha: Reflections on January 6, 2021

Dean Ashish Jha's statement to the Brown Public Health Community on the events of January 6, 2021: "Our commitment to freedom and liberty – real freedom that comes from mutual respect and support – enables us to seek answers to the hardest questions, to find common ground when we come from different backgrounds and world views, and to solve problems that forever seemed intractable." 

Professor Joseph Hogan, ScD, named Chair of the Department of Biostatistics

Dean Ashish Jha announces the appointment of Joseph Hogan, ScD, Carole and Lawrence Sirovich Professor of Public Health and Professor of Biostatistics, as Chair of the Department of Biostatistics, effective January 4, 2021.

Researchers identify predictors of timely enrollment in treatment for opioid use disorder

Frequent doctor visits were associated with timely treatment, while prior overdose, alcohol use disorder and back problems predicted non-enrollment, study finds.

Documentary: What COVID-19 Exposed in Long-Term Care

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged long-term care and skilled nursing facilities, blame was thrown quickly at the facilities and their operators. But where does the responsibility actually lie for the failure to protect tens of thousands of frail seniors? This 20-minute documentary explores the causes behind the COVID-19 crisis in long-term care facilities across the United States.

Over $5K raised to support the RI Community Food Bank

In place of our annual collection box tradition, we originally set a goal of raising $1,000 to support our neighbors facing food insecurity. Thanks to the unbelievable generosity of the SPH and Brown communities, we are proud to share that donations have exceeded $5,400 — the equivalent of 16,200 pounds of food. We can't thank you enough for supporting this important organization!

Brown University Receives Grant to Develop Adverse Events Monitoring System for Nursing Home Populations Following COVID-19 Vaccination

The National Institute on Aging to provide the grant funding, while Genesis HealthCare will supply the data required to track the vaccine’s impact.

Pod e-cigarettes less harmful than regular cigarettes, new study finds

In the first-ever clinical trial of fourth-generation electronic cigarettes, researchers found that adults who switched to e-cigarettes had lower levels of a major carcinogen compared to smokers who continued using combustible cigarettes.

Study delves into emotional wellness in the human brain

A new study led by Tara White, assistant professor of behavioral and social sciences, is the first to reveal specific brain compounds that signal emotional wellness in healthy people.