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Tuesday
Oct062015

PhD Students in Health Policy Win Teaching Awards for Spring 2015

Five PhD students in Health Policy were awarded for their exceptional teaching in Spring 2015 by Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. The Bok Center awards these certificates to teaching fellows, teaching assistants, and course assistants who receive an overall rating of 4.5 or above on the Q evaluation five point scale.  The courses and students are listed below:

Bethany Gerstein (G3, Mgmt) and Ashley Fryer (G4, Mgmt) - The Quality of Health Care in America, GHHP 50

Paula Chu (G6, Dec Sci) and Mihan Lee (G4, Med Soc) - Research in Global Health and Health Policy, GHHP 99

Cassie Peitzman (G4, Econ) - Societies of the World 24

 

 

Monday
Sep212015

Summer Happenings and News

Student Publications:

Over the summer our students stayed busy by working on research and writing. Below are some of the work that was published this summer:

Christine Baugh (G2, Ethics) published the following article: Concussions and youth football: using a public health law framework to head off a potential public health crisis. Christine Baugh and Zachary Shapiro. Journal of Law and Biosciences.

Full text available online: http://jlb.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/05/29/jlb.lsv023.full.pdf+html?sid=7567cfa6-88d1-4100-adfc-a72df5d57198

 

Jamie Daw (G3, ESS) had an article published evaluating international approaches to the regulation of fecal microbiota transplant, a promising new therapy for C. difficile, the most common hospital acquired pathogen in the U.S.

Link to article: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/10601333.2015.1046602 

 

Mary Gorski (G2, PA) co-authored a study about how Massachusetts schools are improving their food options: Press release: http://www.northeastern.edu/news/2015/07/researchers-find-massachusetts-schools-are-improving-food-options/ Full article: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212267215005079

 

Awards:

Steven Hoffman (November graduate, ESS) received a New Investigator Salary Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. More info is available here: http://commonlaw.uottawa.ca/en/news/prof-hoffman-receives-cihr-new-investigator-salary-award-global-health-strategy-project

 

Adrienne Sabety (G2, Econ) was accepted into the Harvard Inequality and Social Policy Fellowship.

The fellowship focuses on research from the disciplines of economics, political science, sociology, and social policy.  While the tools of each discipline illuminate specific aspects of social policy problems, the Multidisciplinary Program explores how certain research puzzles might be more effectively addressed with a multidisciplinary perspective. It aims to produce scholars grounded in the recognized disciplines of their home departments, but who can also navigate the models, methods, and evidence of scholarship in adjacent social science fields.  It includes a year-long class and weekly workshop.

 

http://inequality.hks.harvard.edu/

 

 

Thursday
Apr162015

Health Policy Updates for April 

Kelsey Berry (G2, Ethics) had an article published in Psychiatric Services that found 25% of health plans sold on two state insurance exchanges appeared to violate the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Read the paper here. The paper also received national news coverage in USA Today.

 

Kate Lofgren (G1, Decision Sciences) published a book chapter in a new encyclopedia, International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences

Lofgren, K.T., Wang, H., 2015. Adult Mortality in Developing Countries. In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 1. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 153–160.

 

Slawa Rokicki (G3, ESS) was selected for the Population Reference Bureau's U.S. Policy Communication program for the next year:

http://www.prb.org/About/ProgramsProjects/US-Policy-Communication-Training.aspx

It is a year-long program to train researchers how to effectively communicate their research findings to influence policymaking. There is a week-long workshop in DC in the summer and then a practicum to develop policy communication materials based on her research.

 

Friday
Mar132015

Health Policy News Updates for March

Mark Shrime, G4, Deciscion Sciences

 

Mark Shrime (G4, Decision Sciences) was in the news for a piece he wrote on how easy it is to get medical research published and how to keep an eye out for fake journals. Read more here

Ben Sommers (Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Economics) and Jacob Wallace (G5, Econ) had a research letter published in JAMA Pediatrics on the effect of the dependent coverage expansion on health and access to care for young adults. Read more here.

Christine Baugh (G1, Ethics) was awarded the NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant for a project that will use smartphone based ecological momentary assessment to understand athlete's physical health, mental health, and quality of life and the potential relationship with head impacts sustained through sport. Read more here.

Jamie Daw (G2, ESS) had an article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that estimated the economic costs of implementing a universal pharmacare program in Canada. Read paper here. The paper also receved national news coverage in The Star and CBC News.

 

 

Wednesday
Jan282015

Research from current students highlighted nationally 

In January, three of our current students had their research published and highlighted by national media outlets and research publications.

Paula Chu (G5, Decision Sciences) had her research on yoga and cardiovascular health featured on Reuter's and CBS News.

Rebecca Haffajee (G5, ESS) recently had an article published in the Journal for American Medical Association.  It is about the wisdom of expanding prescriber mandates to use electronic prescription drug monitoring programs given the current opioid overdose and abuse epidemic.

Prachi Sanghavi's (G6, ESS) research on advanced life support vs. basic life support was featured in New York Time's column Upshot.

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