Probing public health issues in Massachusetts

Massachusetts may rank as one of the healthiest states in the U.S., but it lags behind countries that are similarly wealthy and industrialized.

In a podcast for CommonWealth Magazine, Monica Bharel, MPH ’12, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, discussed current public health issues affecting the state with John McDonough, professor of the practice of public health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and cohost Paul Hattis of Tufts University Medical School . The wide-ranging conversation touched on vaping, Eastern equine encephalitis virus, the opioid epidemic, vaccination rates among children, and America’s overall poor public health record.

Listen to the CommonWealth Magazine podcast: Monica Bharel, realistic optimist