Topic: health disparities

Racial bias and its effect on health care

August 12, 2015 -- Eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health in the U.S. isn’t just the job of the health care sector—it’s the job of society as a whole, argues David R. Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of…

Community marks one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death

August 12, 2015 -- On Monday, August 10, students, faculty, and staff at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health marked the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed on August 9, 2014 after a…

Consumers overwhelmed in sea of health information

While health information is more widely available than ever, most consumers are unable to understand it well enough to make appropriate decisions, according to a new editorial by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. While education levels are a barrier…

Transgender individuals face discrimination, stress

A survey of over 400 transgender Massachusetts residents found that nearly two-thirds had experienced discrimination over the past year in public places, ranging from hotels, stores, restaurants, and theaters to health clinics, hospitals, and public transportation, according to a new report. Those…

Q&A: A public health lens on police-associated violence

[Spring 2015] In 2014, the police killings of three unarmed African-American males—Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York; Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; and Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio— sparked a national conversation on police brutality and on endemic racism in U.S. society.…

Poor sleep may contribute to health disparities

Insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, and other sleep difficulties common among older adults are more common among blacks, Chinese, and Hispanics in America than in whites and may contribute to health disparities, according to a study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of…

Women’s contribution to health underrecognized, undervalued

June 11, 2015 -- Fact: Around the world, more and more women are struggling with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Fact: Around the world, women who provide health care are routinely underpaid, undervalued, or not paid at all.…

Anvita Kulkarni, SM ’16, named Schweitzer Fellow

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health student Anvita Kulkarni, SM ’16, is one of 16 graduate students named to this year’s class of Boston Schweitzer Fellows, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship announced May 12, 2015. Fellows develop and implement service projects that…