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Harmful physical and social environments — How to help

The list below includes just a few examples of how you can help prevent pollution and promote healthy communitiesLearn more about specific giving opportunities and levels here. Or, for more information, please email or call Ellie Starr, Vice Dean for External Relations at (617) 432-8448.

Support people

  • Student aid – a robust financial aid program ensures that HSPH will continue to attract the world’s most promising future leaders in the field, enables students to use their talents where the public health needs are greatest instead of taking jobs to pay off debt after graduation, and creates lasting impact as our graduates touch countless lives in their public health careers.
  • Endowed professorships – the highest honor bestowed upon current faculty members as well as a critical means of attracting new talent to the School, endowed professorships create an enduring legacy and ensure that faculty can devote their best energies to research and teaching.

Learn about specific gift opportunities to support people at HSPH

Support ideas

  • Center for Health and the Global Environment – a center dedicated to the study of global environmental and climate change, focusing on food, water, and human interactions with the environment as well as engagement with public and private sectors to help advance real world change.
    Learn more about the Center for Health and the Global Environment
  • Injury Control Research Center – a longstanding center dedicated to reducing the societal burden of injury and violence—including gun violence—through surveillance, research, intervention, evaluation, outreach, dissemination, and training.
    Learn more about the Injury Control Research Center
  • JBL Radiation Sciences Center – an expanded and revitalized center for the science of radiation biology, rooted in the John B. Little Center for Radiation Biology and Environmental Health.
    Learn more about the John B. Little Center
  • Harvard School of Public Health China Health Initiative – a collaboration between HSPH and government and academic partners in China to facilitate exchanges between health leaders and embark on shared research projects spanning chronic diseases, healthy aging, urbanization, environmental health, and more.
    Learn more about the Havard School of Public Health China Initiative
  • Metabolic Diseases Initiative – an new initiative tackling the root biological causes and effects of inflammation, stress, and metabolic processes that result in diabetes and other life-shortening metabolic diseases.
    Learn more about metabolic disease research at HSPH
  • Obesity Prevention Initiative –  a nutrition-oriented effort to understand and address obesity and other lifestyle-related conditions that lead to devastating health consequences around the globe.
    Visit HSPH’s Obesity Prevention Source
  • Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology – a center built on decades of experience at HSPH with environmental pollutants and the health effects of particles to address the unique and growing environmental health and safety concerns raised by engineered nanomaterials — component particles of an increasing array of products including sunscreen, batteries, cancer drugs, and many others.
    Learn more about the Harvard NanoCenter
  • Behavior Change Initiative – a new center studying the use of communications, persuasion, choice architecture, and other behavior change techniques to improve public health.
    Learn more about our work in behavioral sciences
  • Center for Healthy Aging – a new center that brings together experts in areas ranging from neuroscience to health policy, to metabolism, to social science from across HSPH and Harvard University to understand and address the challenges of aging for individuals and societies.
    Learn more about our work on aging
  • Human Exposome Laboratory – a new laboratory that uses cutting-edge technologies and methods to measure people’s lifelong exposures at home, at work, and in other environments to various toxins and other influences, identifying how such exposures affect and interact with individuals’ genetics and physiology to impact health.
    Learn more about our work on exposure to toxins
  • BioBANK at HSPH – a new, state-of-the-art facility designed to safely store and organize biological samples from the decades-long Nurses’ Health studies and other epidemiological studies organized and run by HSPH. This new BioBANK will protect this invaluable sample collection and provide access to Harvard faculty and researchers from around the world.
    Learn more about the Nurses’ Health Studies
  • Global Nutrition Now – an expanded collaboration with partners in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia seeking to accelerate the implementation of known nutritional interventions to improve maternal and infant health and facilitate systematic changes at the local, national, and international level.
    Learn more about our work in global nutrition
  • Cardiovascular Health Initiative – A program to promote cardiovascular health around the globe with improved prevention strategies and evidence-based policy.
    Learn more about our work in cardiovascular health

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Support infrastructure

  • Big Data – Support for biostatistics, epidemiology, and genetics research, faculty, and data storage strengthens the building blocks of all public health research and reinforces the School’s scientific and intellectual foundations.
  • A campus for the 21st century – Some of the best opportunities available to leave a lasting mark in this Campaign surround the creation of a campus that is worthy of Harvard School of Public Health, built to foster continued innovation and global engagement and to ensure that its second century of impact is as remarkable as its first.
  • Mapping Health Laboratory – a “core” service at HSPH to be shared by all departments within the School, to use GIS and other advanced mapping technologies to develop databases for environmental assessment and spatial modeling of exposures and health effects.

Learn about specific gift opportunities to support infrastructure at HSPH