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Ten on the 10s: Kimberly Pelland MPH’15

In celebration of Brown SPH's 10th Anniversary, we're featuring an alum on the 10th of each month who is advancing public health right here in Rhode Island.
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Mindfulness coupled with information on how food and exercise can impact blood pressure may be a winning combination that could improve heart health, according to a new study published today in JAMA Network Open.
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A healthier New York City

Dr. Ashwin Vasan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, visits Brown to share perspective on public health response in New York — from the Omicron wave to today.
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Ten on the 10s: Larry Warner ’97, MPH’13

In celebration of Brown SPH's 10th Anniversary, we're featuring an alum on the 10th of each month who is advancing public health right here in Rhode Island. Larry Warner '97, a 2013 Brown MPH graduate, is Chief Impact & Equity Officer at the United Way of Rhode Island and Chair of the Governor's Council on Behavioral Health in Rhode Island. We asked Larry how his Brown experience has shaped his public health career.
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Time Magazine

What It Will Take to Avoid a Tripledemic This Winter

Over the coming months, more than 100,000 Americans will likely die, mostly unnecessarily, from respiratory infections. Yes, that is the reality we are now facing this fall and winter—and likely every fall and winter for the foreseeable future. Unless we act.
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Humans in Public Health: Ashish Jha

In celebration of the School of Public Health’s 10th anniversary, we are joined by former White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator, and Dean of Brown’s School of Public Health, Dr. Ashish Jha.
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COVID cases are on the rise and this week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that anyone who is six months or older get the new COVID-19 vaccines. Health reporter Lynn Arditi talked about the new vaccines with Doctor Ashish Jha, former White House COVID advisor and current dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health.
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Ten on the 10s: Allegra Scharff MPH '17

In celebration of Brown SPH's 10th Anniversary, we're featuring an alum on the 10th of each month who is advancing public health right here in Rhode Island. Allegra Scharff, a 2017 Brown MPH graduate, is Chief of Healthcare Equity at the RI Department of Health, where she leads community health, education and DEI initiatives. We asked Allegra how her Brown experience has shape her public health career.
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New York Times

Vaccines for Fall: a guide to fall vaccine shots

If you’re 60 or over, “you don’t want to get into November without having an R.S.V. vaccine,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, the former White House Covid adviser and current dean of Brown University’s public health school.
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After a 40 year career championing equitable access to vaccines and improving the way the world prevents and responds to infectious disease, alum Dr. Seth Berkley returns to Brown University to advise the Pandemic Center.
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New York Times

Mental Health Spending Surged During the Pandemic

Americans’ use of mental health services pivoted to remote visits and increased considerably, a new study found. Economists think both changes are here to stay.
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Incentivizing HIV prevention

Our podcast interviews professor Omar Galarraga, who explains that everything from cash to coupons, to a simple redesign of a form, can make HIV treatment and prevention more accessible.
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NPR

Fighting Noise Pollution

Noise pollution is a physical and mental stressor with real health impacts, Professor Erica Walker tells NPR. "It's going to the emergency room for a panic attack, it's 'I can't sleep,' 'I can't hear my children.' It's all of those things," she says.
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The Boston Globe

How Medicare can save $500 billion

In the Boston Globe, Professors Andy Ryan and David Meyers lay out why Medicare Advantage plans are costing taxpayers billions in excess spending—and how to fix it.
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Given the late summer wave of COVID infections, you might have questions about how best to protect yourself and others. In The Boston Globe, Professor Jennifer Nuzzo tackles one of the most pressing issues: When should you get your next shot?
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With an updated vaccine, readily available testing, and successful treatments, Dean Ashish Jha writes that COVID-19 isn't the disruptive force that it once was: "The virus no longer needs to reorder our lives and our priorities."
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"While there are areas within medicine ripe for the assistance of AI, any assertion that it will replace health care providers or make our roles less important is pure hyperbole," writes Dr. Craig Spencer for STAT.
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