March 2011 (Spring 2) – Vol 5, Issue 2

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,

Two terrible earthquakes within the space of a month. Our sympathy and prayers go out to the people of Christchuch, New Zealand, and to the people of the Tohoku area in Japan. It’s perhaps a fortunate coincidence that the popular Japan Trip organized annually by the Japanese students of HSPH was not held this year, as it usually falls during spring break. I will be flying to Tokyo during spring break provided Tokyo airport is open to get a firsthand look at Japan’s disaster response system.

I hope you all manage to stay safe and keep warm!

Best wishes, 

Ichiro

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHDH Seminars [Thurs, Kresge G-2, 12:30 - 1:30 pm] 
Mar 24 – Tyler VanderWeele
Apr 7 – CANCELED
Apr 14 – Thomas Boyce
Apr 21 – Constance Keefer
May 5 – Judith Palfrey (more…)

 

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

UMass Medical School’s 9th Annual International Scientific Conference for Clinicians, Researchers and Educators: Investigating and Integrating Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society — Mar 30 – Apr 3 – Norwood, MA

http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/conference/index.aspx

Ashley Winning will present on Fri, Apr 1, 2-3 pm: “Distance Delivery of Mindfulness-based Treatment for Depression: Project UPLIFT.”

 

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES

Arrivals:  
Dr. Lauren Smith, Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Public Health of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been appointed as a Yerby Visiting Associate Professor of Society, Human Development, and Health at HSPH during this semester (more…)

 

MILESTONES

Rubimbura Rwakabuba: 10 years; Nancy Krieger: 15 years;
Elizabeth Solomon: 20 years; Loretta LaFratta: 25 years; Arthur Sobol: 40 years.

 

Also in this issue

EVENTS IN REVIEW

Center for Global Tobacco Control. On February 15, 2011, four members of the Center for Global Tobacco Control (CGTC) visited Canada’s Propel Centre for Population Health Impact based at the University of Waterloo.  The CGTC were featured in a public lecture to researchers, faculty and students at the university and also public health practitioners and advocates from southern Ontario. The talk was entitled “Advancing Public Health – Science and Innovation in Tobacco Control”. The team spoke about the extent of the tobacco epidemic and discussed the importance of community partnerships, emerging public health challenges (including e-cigarettes) and successes with tobacco control policies around the world. The event was covered by the local media – story here:
http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/485807–tobacco-control-essential-to-protecting-health-harvard-experts


COMMITTEES & INITIATIVES

TReND Issues International Call for Papers on the Role of Social Stratification in Global Tobacco-Related Inequalities. The Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND) was created by the National Cancer Institute and the Legacy Foundation to increase our understanding and address tobacco-related health disparities by advancing the science, translating that scientific knowledge into practice, and informing public policy (more…)

 

GRANTS, AWARDS & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Nancy Krieger was awarded the following grant as PI: Exploring Trends In US Health Inequities In Context: NHES to NHANES, 1959-2006. National Institutes Of Health, National Institute Of Child Health & Development (NICHD), 1R21HD060828-01A2.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES [HSPH, INTERNSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS]

Research Assistant  
Dr. Lauren Smith, the Yerby Visiting Professor in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health, is seeking a Research Assistant to perform background research and assist with manuscript preparation for a joint project with Professor Kawachi. They are considering the different needs and approaches of traditional public health policy training compared to actual public health and health policy practice. We are seeking a self-motivated, organized individual with an interest in public health policy who is available approximately 8-10 hours per week to perform literature searches, compile relevant literature summaries, develop an organized reference database and other related activities. Ideally, the candidate could start immediately and be available through the end of June. Please send a letter of interest and CV to Dr. Smith at lauren.smith@state.ma.us.

 

ARTICLES IN PRESS

Ackerson L, Viswanath K. Race, ethnicity, language, social class, and health communication inequalities: a nationally-representative cross-sectional study. PLoS ONE. 2011 Jan 18; 6(1):e14550

Braveman P, Egerter S, Williams DR. The Social Determinants of Health: Coming of Age. Annual Review of Public Health (in press)

Dallo FJ, Schwartz K, Ruterbusch J, Booza J, Williams DR. Mortality Rates among Arab Americans in Michigan. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (in press)

Earl T, Williams DR, Anglade S. Mental Health Status and Black Americans: An Overview of the Evidence and Future Directions. Journal of Black Psychology (in press) (more…)