March 2012 (Spring 2) – Vol 3, Issue 4

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 tombrooks@hsph.harvard.edu.

LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

Dear SHDH Community,

How swiftly time flies! It seems like only yesterday that I was writing about New Year resolutions, and now I am being asked to scribble a few notes for the Spring newsletter. No doubt you’re all riveted by the Republican primaries, and now Super Tuesday has come & gone. (Some of you no doubt watched Billy Crystal on Oscar night who introduced the actor Christian Bale, referring to the movie roles he has played. “A dark knight, an American psycho, a charismatic crack addict,” Crystal quipped. “You’ll get to choose one on Super Tuesday.” Sorry! I couldn’t resist – please recall that I am strictly a neutral observer of these elections, being forbidden to vote as a resident “alien”). May you keep your sense of humor during mid-term exams and such. Enjoy the crocuses and the chipmunks hatching out from the ground.

Best wishes,

Ichiro

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHDH Seminars:  
Tues, Apr 10, 2:30 – 3:30 pm in FXB G-12
Dr. Vish Viswanath, Associate Professor of SHDH Dept.
“The Communication Revolution and Health Inequalities in the 21st Century: Promises and Pitfalls”

Thurs, Apr 12, 12:30 – 1:30 pm in FXB G-13
Dr. Cynthia Kiro, Head of the School of Public Health at Massey University New Zealand
“Outcomes in Healthcare – Lessons from Whanau Ora”

 

UPCOMING COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

SHDH 254: Social Disparities, Stress and Health

Laura Kubzansky
Spring 2, 3:30 – 5:20 pm, Mon & Wed
2.5 credits

This course is designed to review theories and research examining stress and the role it plays in social disparties in health. The course will review basic concepts and models of stress as well as the mechanisms by which stress may influence health and explain social disparities. A key aspect of the class will be to consider the quality of the research on stress and health, and students will be required to evaluate methods and measures. The course builds on a basic understanding of society and health and of epidemiology. Course activities: lectures, seminars, reaction papers, class presentations and discussion, and a take-home final. Course note: minimum enrollment of 10. Prerequisites: SHDH201, EPI200, or EPI201.


UPCOMING CONFERENCES

2nd Annual Advancing Quality Improvement Science for Children’s Healthcare Research – APA Conference for Pediatric Quality Improvement Methods, Research and Evaluation
Apr 27, 2012 – Boston, MA ; Contact 703-556-9222 or jackie@academicpeds.org (more…)

 

MILESTONES

Caitlin Eicher Caspi successfully defended her dissertation on Feb 29, 2012.

Dustin Duncan will be the Commencement Speaker for John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, MD.  More than 300 students will be graduating.  The commencement is scheduled for mid June 2012 at D.A.R. Constitutional Hall in Washington, DC.

 

Also in this issue

EVENTS IN REVIEW

Dr. Viswanath was appointed as a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC), US Department of Health and Human Services. NVAC recommends ways to achieve optimal prevention of human infectious diseases through vaccine development, and provides direction to prevent adverse reactions to vaccines. Dr. Viswanath will serve as a member of this committee for 4 years (more…)

 

COMMITTEES & INITIATIVES

Dustin Duncan was appointed Managing Editor for the new journal Spatial Demography, http://spatialdemography.org/, a new peer-reviewed open-access journal published by PressForward which publishes original scholarship involving the spatial analysis of demographic processes (more…) 

 

GRANTS, AWARDS & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center, in collaboration with Columbia University and research partners at Deakin and Queensland University in Australia, recently received an award from the JPB Foundation to generate cost effectiveness estimates for 40 of the most relevant childhood obesity interventions in the United States (more…)

 

JOB OPPORUTNITIES

Paid Summer Opportunity: Exploration Summer Programs – a world-wide leader in summer academic enrichment – seeks highly-motivated and creative college and graduate students with a background in anatomy, EMS training or premedical studies, and/or extensive experience in a pre-hospital or clinical setting to help lead an emergency medicine program for students entering grades 6 and 7 (more…) 

 

ARTICLES IN PRESS

Alpert HR, Connolly GN, Biener L. A Prospective Cohort Study Challenging the Effectiveness of Population-Based Medical Intervention for Smoking Cessation. Tob Control. Epub 2012 Jan 10 (in press)

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

Dunn E, Uddin M, Subramanian SV, Smoller J, Sandro G, Koenen K. Research Review: Gene-environment interaction research in youth depression-a systematic review with recommendations for future research. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2011;52(12):1223-1238 (more…)