January 2012 (Spring 1) – Vol 3, Issue 3

WELCOME BACK TO OUR NEWSLETTER FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIETY, HUMAN DEVELOPMENT & HEALTH.

Our goal is to not only provide information about the Department news and initiatives, but to also serve as a resource where you can learn more about the work and lives of your colleagues, students and staff. If you’d like to contribute to future issues of the SHDH newsletter or have suggestions for topics, please send an e-mail to mbrooks@hsph.harvard.edu.

 

LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

Dear SHDH Community,
Happy New Year! I hope 2012 has gotten off to a great start for all of you. May your resolutions last more than a week. Personally, I have resolved to check my IPhone less often, especially while walking our dog (no – I do not check my e-mail in the car. It is dangerous and illegal). I usually mention something here about looking forward to the warmer weather, but I suppose we haven’t had winter yet. Oh well. Best of luck to those of you waiting to hear from job applications, academic admissions, and various branches of the NIH.       

Best wishes,

Ichiro

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHDH Seminar: Dr. Billie Giles-Corti on Feb 29, 12:30 – 1:30 pm in FXB G-11
“Building the evidence base for health-enhancing built environments: work in progress in Australia”
Second year MS student Qianyi Wang’s research was selected for an oral presentation at the International Stroke Conference 2012 (ISC 2012) in February 2012 in New Orleans (more…)


UPCOMING COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

SHDH 260: Aging, Lifecourse Social Conditions & Public Health
Spring 1
Dr. Maria Glymour
2.5 credits (more…)

SHDH 504: Substance Abuse and Public Health
*NEW COURSE – Spring I
Dr. Vaughan Rees
2.5 credits (more…) 

 

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

33rd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
April 11-14, 2012 – New Orleans, LA (more…)

5th Annual NIH Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation
March 19-20, 2012 – Bethesda, Maryland http://conferences.thehillgroup.com/obssr/di2012/index.html
(more…)

 

MILESTONES

Arthur Sobol will be among the HSPH workers who are being honored at the Feb 16, 2012 Showcase Ceremony in the Kresge Cafeteria, 2:30 – 4 pm.  Arthur is being honored for reaching the milestone of 40 years of HSPH employment (more…)

 

Also in this issue

EVENTS IN REVIEW

Second Pan-Hellenic Congress for Tobacco Control. On December 8-10, 2011, the Center for Tobacco Control hosted the Second Pan-Hellenic Congress for Tobacco Control in Athens, Greece (more…)  

 

COMMITTEES & INITIATIVES

Fat Talk Free Week Pilot Evaluation. SHDH doctoral student Bernice Raveche Garnett, working with master’s student Robert Buelow and faculty Bryn Austin, is leading a ground-breaking evaluation of Fat Talk Free Week, a national social media campaign to interrupt the constant drone of body-disparaging commentary, especially among girls and women, and encourage more body-positive and constructive conversation (more…) 

 

GRANTS, AWARDS & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Paola Gilsanz was recently awarded a Ruth L. Krischstein National Serve Award (F31) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to examine the link between depressive symptoms and incident stroke under the supervision of Dr. Ichiro Kawachi and Dr. Maria Glymour. (more…)

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Evaluation Research Assistant

Seeking an Evaluation Research Assistant with outstanding skills and work experience in program evaluation, data management, data analysis and (preferably) project management. The research assistant will work 20 hours/week ($20/hour) with study investigators at HSPH (Dr. Gortmaker and Dr. Davison) and the MA Department of Public Health. This position is available immediately and has the potential for continuation until 2014 (more…)

 

ARTICLES IN PRESS

Ackerson L, Ramanadhan SR, Arya M, Viswanath K. Social disparities, communication inequalities, and HIV/AIDS-related knowledge and attitudes in India. AIDS and Behavior. 2011 Aug 26. [Epub ahead of print]

Arya M, Williams LT, Kallen M, Street RL, Viswanath K, Giordano TP. Beliefs About Who Should Be Tested for HIV Among African-American Individuals Attending a Family Practice Clinic. AIDS Patient Care and STDs. 2012 Jan;26(1):1-4 (more…)



STUDENT ARTICLES IN PRESS

Arcaya M, de Souza Briggs X. Despite Obstacles, Considerable Potential Exists For More Robust Federal Policy On Community Development And Health. Health Affairs. 2011, 30(11):2064-2071

Capistrant BD, Moon JR, Glymour MM. Spousal Caregiving and Incident Hypertension. American Journal of Hypertension (in press)

Falbe JF, Kenney EL, Henderson KE, Schwartz MB. The Wellness Child Care Assessment Tool: a measure to assess the quality of written nutrition and physical activity policies. J Am Diet Assoc. 2011;111:1852-1860 (more…)