Racial bias and its effect on health care

big-3-Williams-370x228David Williams was recently interviewed for The Big 3: Three questions, three answers. In the interview, Williams argues that implicit bias, low socioeconomic status and stress all contribute to health disparities in the U.S. Eliminating these disparities isn’t solely up to health care providers but is the job of society as a whole.

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A Hero Among Us

harvardheroOn June 8, 2015, Alfredo Perez-Hidalgo, Director of Administration, was honored at the 2015 Harvard Heroes ceremony at Sanders Theatre.  President Drew Faust described Alfredo’s achievements by saying, “praise for you comes studded with words such as “transformative,” “visionary,” and “innovative.” As director of administration for Social and Behavioral Sciences, you restructured and revived grants management while improving morale among faculty, staff, fellows, and students. One colleague noted a veritable “sea change” in the department in the wake of your efforts. Amidst many challenges, you’ve turned the tide for your team’s spirit.”

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Shaniece Criss, SD ’15, Commencement 2015 Student Speaker

SCrissCommencementSBS doctoral student, Shaniece Criss, ’15 was selected to deliver this year’s student speaker address. Shaniece reflected on her Grandmama Sarah as the person who inspired her to pursue a career in public health.

After her grandmother passed away from cancer, Shaniece realized “there were many mechanisms at work that had shortened her life, especially a social environment that systematically harms health.”

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SBS students, faculty honored at Commencement Celebration

At this year’s commencement celebration and awards presentation, several SBS students and faculty were honored. Congratulations to Ying Chen, Michael Gilbert, Rockli Kim and Rima Rudd.


Michael Gilbert, SM ’15 (far left) was one of five students to receive the Gareth M. Green Award for Excellence in Public Health.



Ying Chen, SD ‘ 16 (far right) and Rockli Kim, SD ‘ 19 (second from left) received Teaching Assistant Awards.



Rima Rudd, Senior Lecturer on Health Literacy, Education, and Policy was awarded a Teaching Citation.

Anvita Kulkarni, SM ’16, named Schweitzer Fellow

akulkarniAnvita Kulkarni, a two-year masters student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences was awarded a Schweitzer Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year.  Anvita will be coordinating a series of health workshops for women at the Cambridge YWCA. The workshops will cover topics including nutrition, physical activity, mental well-being and healthy relationships. Congratulations, Anvita!

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