Humans in Public Health Podcast:

Join host Megan Hall MPH’15 and get to know new faculty members and their new initiatives, and learn about work being done at Brown that impacts public health here in Providence, and around the world.

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May 22, 2023 | The Values of Medicare

Professors Andy Ryan and David Meyers study the cost and value of Medicare plans across the country, including controversial and rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Learn the upsides, downsides and incentives that guide these MA plans, and how reforming them could save taxpayers billions of dollars every year.

April 20, 2023 | Driving Recovery: America’s First Mobile MAT Van

Francesca Beaudoin, emergency physician and epidemiologist, explains Rhode Island's newest harm reduction tool: the Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) van. By bringing treatment out into the community it serves, CODAC's mobile unit aims to move the needle on America's overdose crisis.

April 4, 2023 | NPHW BONUS: Meet the MPHs

In honor of National Public Health Week, we're speaking with four of our students about their research and the path that brought them to the field of public health. Meet Youri Benadjaoud, Shaw Hubbard, Sophia Petrillo, and Darlene Tat, all currently enrolled in our Master of Public Health program. Get to know them as they share their stories and their research interests.

March 9, 2023 | Pandemic Front Lines: from Ebola to COVID-19

Host Megan Hall sits down with emergency physician and epidemiologist Dr. Craig Spencer to discuss his work in Africa treating Ebola in 2014, and how it prepared him to serve on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City in 2020. They delve into Spencer’s life-threatening case of Ebola, and how it shifted his perspective on pandemic preparedness and response.

April 8, 2022 | Claire Wardle: Fighting Misinformation and Disinformation

New professor of the practice of health services, policy and practice, Claire Wardle, is not a health professional. She is, however, considered one of the leading experts on misinformation. Co-founder of First Draft, a non-profit dedicated to supporting organizations fighting misinformation, Wardle talks to Megan Hall MPH'15, about her plans for collaborative work at Brown that aims not only to understand mis- and disinformation, but to create tools for more effective public health communication.

April 7, 2022 | Erica Walker: Noise Pollution and the Power of Sound

Erica Walker, new assistant professor of epidemiology, studies noise pollution and its effects on health. The founder of the Community Noise Lab says that sound, which has been shown to impact cardiovascular health, is a proxy for power. Walker’s particular interest is in helping communities with less power address their noise issues to improve population health and well being.

April 5, 2022 | Jennifer Nuzzo: Preparing for the Next Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t really over, and this won’t be the last pandemic of our lifetimes. Megan Hall speaks to Jennifer Nuzzo, new professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health, about Brown’s new Center for Pandemic Preparedness and Response and what its approach will be to creating whole-of-society solutions that address the current emergency, and preparations that help mitigate future pandemics.

April 4, 2022 | Rosemarie Martin: Combatting opioid use disorder in RI's prisons

Rhode Island is the only state that connects its incarcerated population with proven treatments for opioid use disorder. Megan Hall MPH'15 speaks to Rosemarie Martin, associate professor of behavioral and social sciences, and others about the MAT program's life-saving impact.

April 9, 2021 | Lorin Crawford: Race and Genetics

April 8, 2021 | Jud Brewer: Unwinding Anxiety

April 7, 2021 | Sara Caniglia: COVID Hotels and Homelessness

April 6, 2021 | Joe Braun: Toxic Plastics

April 5, 2021 | Amy Nunn: Partnering with Black Churches

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COVID: What Comes Next?

COVID: What comes Next

Every week Dean Ashish Jha will analyze events of the previous several days and offer his assessment and guidance for what lies ahead for the U.S. and the world. This exclusive podcast is hosted by G. Wayne Miller, healthcare reporter with the Providence Journal and the USA TODAY NETWORK.


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The Brown Daily Herald welcomes Ashish Jha, MD, MPH, Dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, to discuss public health measures and national news surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as local issues in Rhode Island and at Brown.


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