Topic: North America

The Gun Shop Project

[ Spring 2013 ] In April 2009, over a five-day period, two young men and an older woman in New Hampshire each bought handguns from Riley's Sport Shop in Hooksett and within hours committed suicide. The victims did not know each other. Soon, as…

A launchpad for leaders

[ Fall 2011 ] When Roy Wade was a medical resident at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, one patient in the pediatric clinic he was working in really stuck with him: a 16-year-old girl with a deeply troubled history of depression and…

Reining in Health Costs

The making of reformer Sarah Iselin By the latest estimates, only 2.6 percent of Massachusetts residents lack health insurance, the lowest rate of any U.S. state. "It's amazing," says Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) alumna Sarah Iselin, who has been part of the…

Starting a Conversation

[ Spring 2013 ] To foster open discussion about the consequences of gun ownership, public health researchers want to know much more about the lure of guns. Why do people own guns in the first place? How do they perceive the risks and benefits?…

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…

Electronic health records

[ Fall 2008 ] Electronic health records could make care safer and save money. So why aren't more doctors and hospitals using them? Boston internist "Dr. Sean James" greets patient "Sara Hill" in an examination room, then sits down at a computer and calls…

Community health champion

[ Spring 2008 ] Florida's First Surgeon General Takes her Message on the Road In 2007, more than a fifth of Florida's approximately 18 million residents lacked health insurance, and 23 percent were obese, according to America's Health Rankings, an annual state-by-state report from…

Employer health incentives

[Winter 2009] Employee wellness programs prod workers to adopt healthy lifestyles A Massachusetts man lost his job at a Scotts Miracle-Gro lawn and garden center in 2006 when a routine drug test came back positive. The finding: nicotine. Company leaders were cracking…

Dr. Ruiz goes to Washington

[ Spring 2013 ] From California’s impoverished Coachella Valley to HSPH to Capitol Hill When Raul Ruiz was growing up in California’s Coachella Valley, his parents—both migrant farm workers—couldn’t afford health insurance, so they relied on home remedies and nutritious meals to stay healthy.…

Public housing, private vice

[Fall 2010] Should smoking be banned in people’s homes? Smoking is banned in the common areas of Yelena Lantsman’s home, a public-housing high-rise for the elderly in Brookline, Massachusetts, where she has lived for the last eighteen years. But it is not…