The School of Public Health partners with BCBSRI to create the Rhode Island Life Index

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, through a partnership with the Brown University School of Public Health, has unveiled a report summarizing a new data resource – the RI Life Index – based on interviews conducted with more than 2,200 Rhode Islanders about life factors influencing health and well-being in the state. 

 Faces of Hunger report

Hassenfeld Survey Reveals Faces of Hunger

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank partnered with the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute at Brown University on a statewide survey identifying demographic details of households impacted by hunger in Rhode Island.

Research on firearm injuries to U.S. children gets 30 times less funding per death than other causes

Firearm injuries kill 2,500 American children each year and send another 12,000 to emergency departments. But a new study finds that the nation spends far less on studying what led to those injuries, and what might prevent and treat them, than it spends on other, less-common causes of death in children between the ages of 1 and 18 years.

For young athletes, sport specialization means increased risk of injury

Specialization in a chosen sport is associated with a higher volume of activity — and it could increase young athletes’ risk of sustaining both traumatic- and overuse-based injuries, according to a new study led by Alison Field, professor of epidemiology.

Staff members return from Brazil with new insights on achieving a diverse and inclusive campus

Why look elsewhere for talent when there’s so much right in front of you? At Brown University, that was precisely the sentiment behind the launch of the Administrative Fellows Program—a professional development initiative designed to advance leadership skills and build on the strong commitment to diversity and inclusion among staff members from across Brown’s departments. This month, the 2018-19 Administrative Fellows, including Linda Angela, Academic Program Coordinator for the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, returned to campus after an immersive, experiential learning trip to Brazil. READ MORE

School of Public Health Awards Four New Catalyst Grants

The School of Public Health's Catalyst Grant Program supports work that builds outward from existing strengths to deepen and broaden the School’s research program around the four themes identified in the Strategic Plan: Mental Health, Resilience and Mindfulness; Environmental Health and Climate Change; Vulnerable Life Stages: Children and Older Adults; and Addiction. We are proud to fund the following projects and congratulate all the awardees! 

With $12.5M grant, Brown to create research center on substance misuse and chronic disease

With a new five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Addiction and Disease Risk Exacerbation will launch four research projects and establish a clinical laboratory for biological addiction research at Brown University.

Brown awarded $10.8 million for opioid treatment aimed at parolees and people on probation

The new collaboration between Brown University and the Rhode Island Department of Corrections will expand an already successful opioid treatment program in correctional institutions, helping people who are in the justice system but outside prison walls.

Study finds Philadelphia's heat warning system saves 45 lives a year

According to a study conducted by environmental health scholars at Brown University and Harvard, Philadelphia's heat warning system reduces heat-related death in the city by 4.4 percent. “Philadelphia has a long history of being particularly proactive in response to heat. And they’ve been quite innovative in educating the public and the public health response to heat emergencies,” says Gregory Wellenius, one of the study’s coauthors.