Topic: alumni stories

Hollywood and health: Harnessing the power of storytelling

May 1, 2012 Twelve years ago, in a survey of TV viewers who regularly watched the show ER, only 24% had ever heard of human papilloma virus. A week later, after an ER segment on the virus, that figure shot up to 47%. More recently,…

HSPH alum explores role of stress in heart health disparities

Harvard School of Public Health alum Dr. Michelle Albert conducts research on disparities in cardiovascular health across racial and ethnic groups—hypertension, for example, appears at a much younger age in black people than white people—and in particular the role stress might play…

Karen DeSalvo, SM '02, named National Coordinator for Health IT

Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced the appointment of HSPH alumna Karen DeSalvo, SM '02, as the next National Coordinator for Health Information Technology starting January 13, 2014. DeSalvo will replace fellow HSPH graduate Farzad Mostashari, SM…

Global health: Flood illuminates the struggles of Pakistan's women

September 22, 2010 -- The scene that confronted Nabeel Zafar, MPH ’10, in southern Pakistan’s flood-ravaged Khairpur district was devastating. While visiting displaced persons camps on a medical aid mission, he and his fellow physicians found hundreds of homeless flood victims —…