Science fueled by social justice
Sydney Stanley, PhD ’23, researches infectious diseases with an eye toward improving the health of the world’s most vulnerable populations
Thinking big about child health and vaccines
Accompanying a childhood vaccination team in a remote part of Brazil spurred Cornelius Rau, SM ’23, toward the goal of improving child health on a large scale.
Rising dengue cases disproportionately affect children in U.S. territories
In U.S. territories in the Caribbean, cases of dengue are on the rise in children because of inequities in the effects of climate change and the accessibility of vaccines, according to experts.
Less COVID testing of nursing home staff linked with higher resident death rates
Nursing homes in the U.S. that conducted more COVID-19 testing of their staff early in the pandemic experienced fewer COVID cases and deaths among residents, according to a study co-authored by Harvard Chan School’s Michael Barnett.
Dismantling systemic racism in academic public health
Linda Alexander of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health urged schools of public health to work on dismantling systemic racism in their own communities and in society in general at Harvard Chan School's Yerby Lecture.
The need to improve vaccine equity in Ethiopia
Diseases that are preventable by vaccines are prevalent in low- and middle-income countries. Researchers at Harvard Chan School and their colleagues found that the health costs of treating these diseases disproportionately fall on poor families, emphasizing the need…
Protecting against ‘forever chemicals’
The U.S. Environmental Protectional Agency has proposed strict new limits on six types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water. Public health experts are positive about the move but say that, ultimately, all types of these…
Higher trust in public health agencies during COVID-19 driven more by beliefs that agencies led with clear, science-based recommendations and provided protective resources, than by beliefs that agencies controlled outbreak
In the first nationally representative survey of U.S. adults on reasons for trust in federal, state, and local public health agencies’ information during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers found that high levels of trust were not primarily due to…
Africa health care successes, challenges highlighted at conference
A range of topics regarding health care in Africa—including mental health, malaria, financing, and vaccine research, development, and manufacturing—were examined at the first-ever Africa Health Conference at Harvard Chan School.
A new tool to improve COVID-19 vaccine access
Researchers at Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Chan School, were part of a group that has built an easy-to-use, online tool to improve access to COVID-19 vaccines.