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Zachary Kunicki Ph.D., MPH ’19 is assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown where he focuses on examining trajectories of cognitive decline, and the factors that alter that trajectory. He uses latent variable modeling, such as item response theory and growth curve modeling, to examine these trajectories. 
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Behind the Lectern: Malabika Sarker

An internationally-known public health expert, Professor Malabika Sarker advocates for vulnerable populations around the world. We talked to her about implementation science, the importance of community and advocacy, and why she thinks the School of Public Health is ready to tackle the public health problems of the 21st century.
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Health Care’s Carbon Problem

Despite being on the front lines of the climate crisis, the health care sector is also one of the greatest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. A new study from Brown researchers looks at these decarbonizing efforts across the globe.
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The Promise and Challenges of Dual Vaccination

Four years out from the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic, a new study explores the extent to which COVID-19 and influenza vaccines are being distributed and employed simultaneously, particularly among high-risk populations.
MPH student Rosemelly Jimenez Medal's father has worked as a short-haul trucker for over 25 years, and she noticed that he was struggling to hear conversations at dinner. So Jimenez Medal teamed up with her father and noise researcher Erica Walker, RGSS Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Brown University, to conduct hearing screenings on short-term truckers in California.

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Continuum Magazine, the official publication of the School of Public Health, takes a closer look at our research, students and faculty in order to unearth the stories that drive our work. Explore the Continuum Magazine tag to read compelling interviews, event round-ups and opinion pieces from SPH.

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Voices Carry

For nearly 150 years, Brown experts have redefined what it means to practice public health by heeding the voices of communities, in Rhode Island and beyond.
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Concentrating on Mindfulness

The world’s first MPH graduates with a concentration in mindfulness completed their degrees at Brown in 2023. Instructed by interdisciplinary faculty from the Mindfulness Center at Brown, the concentration focuses on the impacts of mindfulness on physical and mental health, analysis of mindfulness-based interventions and applicable theoretical frameworks.
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Health Care’s Carbon Problem

Despite being on the front lines of the climate crisis, the health care sector is also one of the greatest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. A new study from Brown researchers looks at these decarbonizing efforts across the globe.
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To learn from the various health systems across the globe, researchers must devise new methods of working with highly sensitive data despite vast organizational differences between countries. The newest episode of our Humans in Public Health podcast interviews Professor Irene Papanicolas.
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Here’s just the tip of the iceberg: $722.50 for a nurse to push a drug into an IV. $21,500 for ten stitches. The prices charged by hospitals are exorbitant and rising. Private health insurance premiums paid by working age adults are rising rapidly. Many Americans skip necessary medical care, while those who do get treated can end up bankrupt. With U.S. health care spending reaching $4.5 trillion in 2022, finding ways to cut costs has become increasingly urgent.
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Homicides were down sharply in Boston during the first three months of 2024 compared to the same period in recent years, records show. The city saw just two confirmed homicides in the first quarter of the year, compared to 11 during the first quarter of 2023, according to Boston police statistics. There were five homicides in Boston in the first quarter of 2022, nine during the same period in 2021, and 10 in the first quarter of 2020.
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