Topic: health disparities

Innovation through collaboration

Harvard Catalyst fosters relationships across the University June 26, 2014 — Fathers tend not to be included in research on how kids are fed at home, despite increasing evidence that men are contributing more time to the daily care of their children.…

Transgender individuals face discrimination, stress

A survey of over 400 transgender Massachusetts residents found that nearly two-thirds had experienced discrimination over the past year in public places, ranging from hotels, stores, restaurants, and theaters to health clinics, hospitals, and public transportation, according to a new report. Those…

Overcoming inequality by improving Internet access

July 22, 2014 — Health and wealth are intimately connected. In the United States, people with lower incomes and less education are more likely to smoke, to be overweight, and to be less healthy. One reason for this may be the divide…

Why Public Health? Jennifer Atlas

June 2014 — In our video series "Why Public Health?" we ask Harvard School of Public Health students and alumni to talk about what drew them to the field. After working to establish a community health center in an underserved area of…

Why Public Health? Anthony Covarrubias

May 2014 — In our video series “Why Public Health?” we ask Harvard School of Public Health students and alumni to talk about what drew them to the field. Anthony Covarrubias, a doctoral student in the Biological Sciences in Public Health program,…

David Williams honored by Massachusetts Public Health Association

The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) presented the Lemuel Shattuck Award to David R. Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), on June 6, 2014, citing his pioneering leadership in…

Bringing fairness to health care access

May 27, 2014 -- Outside the gates of her Mexico City high school, Thalia Porteny would always see kids begging for food. “It made me feel uneasy and frustrated,” said Porteny. “I knew I’d had amazing opportunities given to me, and I…

Blood pressure may rise in neighbors of foreclosed homes

Neighbors of foreclosed homes may face an elevated risk of high blood pressure, according to findings by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers and colleagues. A study of 1,750 Massachusetts residents participating in the long-running Framingham Heart Study from 1987 through…

Improving health for people with disabilities

May 9, 2014 —The phone call from Ghana clinched Asare Christian’s career path. His grandmother was exhibiting sudden, puzzling symptoms including loss of balance, coordination, and bladder function. To Christian, who was learning about brain injury in his clinical rotation in rehabilitation…

Public health leaders explore future challenges

In an interview with the blog Thought Economics, Harvard School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk, together with several leading experts, reflected on the last century of accomplishments in the field of public health and the challenges and opportunities for the future.…