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Supporting international field placements for students

A gift from François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) USA will support a key administrative post at Harvard School of Public Health to help establish field practice placements for highly motivated HSPH students to work in some of the world’s poorest regions. This gift is…

Why Public Health? Darrell Gray, II

Darrell Gray, II, MD, MPH '14, is determined to reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer in vulnerable populations and is also working on a project with the U.S. Department of Defense to expand its telehealth services worldwide. Inspired by Darrell's experience? Please click…

Ferrante gift boosts "Outside-the-box" thinking

[ Spring 2014 ] Among the outside-the-box efforts that may benefit from a new $500,000 gift from Domenic and Molly Ferrante to the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI): Collecting, analyzing, and distributing large data sets to provide time-sensitive information on humanitarian issues—painting a picture, for…

Innovation and future funding get a jump-start from McLennan gift

[ Spring 2014 ] A new $5 million, five-year gift to HSPH from Matthew and Monika McLennan will fund promising initiatives or research that is novel or experimental and not yet able to win traditional grant funding. The goal, says Matthew McLennan, is to “really…

A boost for patient safety

Lucian Leape A new gift from Lucian Leape, longtime faculty member in the Department of Health Policy and Management, will establish the Patient Safety and Quality of Care Fund. The fund will support both research and education in…

A humanitarian academy at HSPH

[ Fall 2011 ] Plans are underway to create a new Humanitarian Academy at Harvard School of Public Health, the first global center dedicated to training and teaching the next generation of humanitarian leaders. Approximately 240,000 humanitarian workers worldwide provide billions of dollars in…

For maternal health, a crucial boost

[ Winter 2012 ] $12 million Gates Foundation grant to HSPH supports one-of-a-kind task force Each year, more than 340,000 women around the world die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. To help lower that alarming number and improve maternal health in developing countries,…

A boost for gene-based malaria research

[ Spring/Summer 2012 ] A two-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, totaling nearly $833,000, will help boost research at Harvard School of Public Health aimed at identifying the genes in red blood cells essential for the malaria parasite to survive. Manoj Duraisingh, associate…

Gift from former Dean Bloom supports financial aid

[ Winter 2012 ] Barry R. Bloom, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health, made a gift to complete the endowment for the Barry R. and Irene Tilenius Bloom Fellowship Fund at Harvard School of…

Transformative education for public health leaders

[ Fall 2012 ] Killer infections. A dramatic rise in chronic diseases. Environmental emergencies. Unequal access to medical care. These problems—just a few of the daunting public health issues facing the world today—demand not only wide-ranging expertise, but also inspired leadership.  To help future…

Carson family renews scholarship support across HSPH

[ Winter 2012 ] Russ and Judy Carson renewed their support for the Carson Family Scholarship Program at Harvard School of Public Health. Established in 2001, the program has bolstered scholarship funding for students throughout the School. The Carsons also provide generous…

Tallying the true costs of controversial energy sources

[ Spring 2013 ] What are the real costs of recent and controversial energy technologies such as extracting oil from tar sands or using hydraulic fracturing to release natural gas from shale? What are the far-reaching expenses, in terms of money, damage to the…

Medtronic grant supports global health education overhaul

[ Winter 2012 ] A new grant from the Medtronic Foundation will help support an ambitious effort by Harvard School of Public Health and several international partner institutions to transform health education for public health leaders, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals around…

Nanoscience and health: Tiny technology raises big questions

[ Fall 2011 ] The year-old Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology at HSPH (dubbed the Nano-Center) draws on the School's long history of studying air particles and their public health impacts. After more than two decades developing methods that have become industry standard for…

CIFF grant supports new health leadership development program

[ Fall 2011 ] Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS) will launch a unique ministerial health leadership development program next year in collaboration with the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). Designed for ministerial-level leaders mainly from low- and…

Two gifts support work on checklists and global health systems

[ Winter 2012 ] HSPH Associate Professor Atul Gawande’s research group recently received two generous gifts in support of the Health Systems Innovations Research Fund. Support from Mala Gaonkar, managing director of Lone Pine Capital LLC, and an anonymous donor will help Gawande and his colleagues…

Millennium gift will redefine ranks of pharmacoepidemiologists

[ Spring 2013 ] |Phar • ma • co •|epi • demi • ologist: 1: A public health specialist who determines the effectiveness and safety of drugs, vaccines or medical devices by studying their effects in populations. 2: A practitioner in this fast-growing public health field for which…

Kay Professorship attracts leader in maternal and infant health

[ Winter 2012 ] Stephen Kay decided to establish a new professorship in epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health with a straightforward goal: to alleviate sickness and reduce deaths. Kay, who has also supported student financial aid at HSPH, called the School “extraordinary.”…

New scholarship supports doctoral students in nutrition, honors Willett

[ Fall 2012 ] Prajna—a Sanskrit word that conveys ultimate wisdom—is the name of a new scholarship for doctoral students in the HSPH Department of Nutrition that was established to recognize the leadership and distinction of the department’s chair, Walter Willett. The first Prajna…

Sparking innovation

[ Winter 2014 ] For the past 100 years, donors to Harvard School of Public Health have stepped in at pivotal moments to fund the people, ideas, and infrastructure needed to make lifesaving discoveries and innovations possible. From polio to AIDS, from workplace safety…

Her fortune for the children

[ Winter 2014 ] In 1992, Countess Albina du Boisrouvray gave $20 million to the School to establish the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights. Her gift included sufficient funds to construct the FXB building—in which the Center is housed—and to…

Menschel gifts define enlightened philanthropy

[ Winter 2014 ] Case-based teaching, “flipped” classrooms, and a focus on leadership skills—these will be key changes as Harvard School of Public Health ambitiously redesigns its educational strategy. In recent years, the effort to help future students make a dramatic impact on public…

Today’s biggest philanthropy supports HSPH work

[ Winter 2014 ] Much like the Rockefeller Foundation, which helped set the direction of public health in the early 20th century by supporting infectious disease eradica­tion efforts and the training of public health officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has shaped the…

Little lists, big impact

[ Winter 2013 ] If health care workers use simple checklists during critical moments of care such as surgery and childbirth, they can greatly reduce death and complications among their patients. In study after study, Atul Gawande, professor of health policy and management at…