Joining SHDH from the former Division of Public Health Practice, please welcome the faculty and staff ofthe Center for Global Tobacco Control (CGTC), the Program for Community Research (PCR), and Linking Assessment and Measurement to Performance in PHEP Systems (LAMPS). The Center for Global Tobacco Control is lead by Dr. Gregory Connolly and is an international leader in tobacco control policy and research. Their work includes research to better understand individuals perceptions of the harmful effects of second hand smoke and potentially reduced emission products (PREPs); illuminate the health impacts of second hand smoke exposure; analyze fire-safe cigarettes; and review and analyze internal tobacco documents. The Program for Community Research is lead by Senior Lecturer, Alan Geller. The PCR is comprised of a number of research projects dedicated to developing community based strategies to improve the public’s health, including the Community Engagement Core of the Harvard Catalyst; a RCT in 10 U.S. medical schools to improve smoking cessation skills among medical students; the SONIC II study examining the evolution of moles in U.S. children and adolescents; and a Framingham based project utilizing the community health worker model to improve family communication to reduce childhood obesity. LAMPS is a CDC funded P01 lead by Dr. Vish Viswanath and is a unique multidisciplinary team from Harvard, Georgetown, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and other institutions that employs a public health systems research approach to generate valid and reliable criteria and metrics to assess, and ultimately improve, public health emergency preparedness (PHEP) in the United States. These units are supported by Robin Blum Flaig, Associate Director of Administration, Stephen Prophet, Grants Manager, and Rubim Rwakabuba, Finance Assistant and are primarily housed at Landmark Center, 3rd Floor East.
Wendy Ho has assumed the new position of Senior Finance Manager for SHDH. Wendy previously worked as administrative staff in the Division of Public Health Practice. Welcome!
Liz Cavano has joined us as the Program Coordinator for Dr. David Williams. She previously worked as a Product Development Assistant at Harvard Business Publishing. Welcome!