Topic: health disparities

K. ‘Vish’ Viswanath honored for tobacco control research, mentoring

K. “Vish” Viswanath, professor of health communications at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), recently was awarded two national honors. He received the Joseph W. Cullen Award for distinguished achievement in national tobacco control research and advocacy at the American Society of…

Health disparities

Nancy Krieger, Professor of Society, Human Development, and Health, on trends in health disparities. (March 2008, 6:46) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively, you may download the podcast in mp3 format by right-clicking (Mac:…

Health discrimination

Michelle Mello, Professor of Law and Public Health, on whether insurers and employers can discriminate against people on the basis of personal health behaviors. (September 2008, 11:57) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively, you…

Racial and ethnic inequalities

John McDonough, director of the Center for Public Health Leadership, discusses his recent op-ed in the The Baltimore Sun that said repealing last year's health care reform law would damage the potential to address the longstanding racial and ethnic health inequalities in the U.S. Please click…

Getting people the care they deserve

When alumna Bethany Holmes worked in a clinic for deaf patients, she was shocked by how few people could afford the care they need. She set out to change that. January 24, 2013. (4:40) Please click the play icon above to play…

Role of lung lesions in tuberculosis explored

For years scientists have sought to unravel the mystery of why about 90% of people infected by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB), remain symptom-free for years, while the remaining 10% become sick and may die. A December 15, 2013…

The digital divide

Technological haves and have-nots Seventy percent of the U.S. adult population in 2007 was online and 80 percent of them say they have searched for health information. But data from two studies—the Pew Internet & American Life Project in 2008 and HINTS,…

Racism harms health

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] "I remember thinking, as a young assistant professor, ‘Oh my God, you can actually measure racism?’ recalled Ichiro Kawachi. He was referring to the groundbreaking work two decades ago of his colleague, social epidemiologist Nancy Krieger. “Nancy made…

Health care with dignity

[ Spring/Summer 2011 ] Alum Robert Taube helps homeless people build healthier lives—and self-esteem. Casey Hubbs’s world crumbled after her husband died, and she wound up living under a bridge in Boston. Her existence was grim, and she felt ashamed. “I smelled…