Milken Institute School of Public Health

Milken Institute School of Public Health The only school of public health in the nation's capital. Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University offers 30+ programs and certificates within our 7 departments.
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Visit http://publichealth.gwu.edu to learn about our undergraduate and graduate degrees (BS, MPH, MS, DrPh, PHD), joint degrees, certificates, and [email protected], our online master of public health degree.

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The I Heart GW Public Health campaign ends this weekend! This year, the campaign is raising support for students who are...
02/26/2021
I Heart GW Public Health Campaign

The I Heart GW Public Health campaign ends this weekend! This year, the campaign is raising support for students who are facing emergency food, housing, technology, and transportation needs, or other critical situations, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are currently THREE active matches on the campaign page which means that your gift to support health students could be doubled or even tripled. Gifts of all sizes - $5, $25, $100 - all make a difference to students facing hard times. We are so grateful for the many members of our GWSPH community who have already supported this campaign and our students. #iheartGWSPH
https://www.givecampus.com/f7cz69
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Join me and make a gift to support GW Public Health students!

It's the last couple of days of the #IheartGWSPH campaign!! The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) is raising mone...
02/26/2021

It's the last couple of days of the #IheartGWSPH campaign!! The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) is raising money for the Public Health Rapid Response Fund to help meet the most urgent needs within the student body. PHSA has set a goal of 200 total donors and 100 student donors by February 27. Why 200? To affirm the wide support of the entire GWSPH community for public health students because no one should go through hard times alone.

Hope you'll join us in reaching our goal of 200 total donors and 100 student donors! #IheartGWSPH
https://www.givecampus.com/f7cz69

Join Dean Lynn Goldman and GW experts from the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the School of Medicine & Health...
02/24/2021

Join Dean Lynn Goldman and GW experts from the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the School of Medicine & Health Sciences and the School of Nursing for a discussion about COVID-19 vaccines.

During this virtual event, GW's experts will discuss:

The novel coronavirus's unique characteristics;
The COVID-19 vaccines approved in the U.S. and globally;
The differences between the approved vaccines and those under development;
The safety protocols involved in developing, testing and approving a vaccine for the public;
The virus variants that have emerged and what that means for vaccine efficacy; and
The vaccine distribution process thus far, both in the U.S. and on campus.
This free virtual event will take place on Tuesday, March 2, from 12-1pm EST. All members of the GW community are invited to attend and submit questions for our experts in advance.

Register here: https://calendar.gwu.edu/covid-19-vaccines-101

GWSPH students! Thanks to a generous supporter, student gifts to the I Heart GW Public Health campaign are being matched...
02/24/2021

GWSPH students! Thanks to a generous supporter, student gifts to the I Heart GW Public Health campaign are being matched with $50, no matter the size of the gift! Students, help maximize this match with a gift of any size - $5, $10, or $50. Each gift makes an impact on public health students facing emergency needs! The I Heart GW Public Health campaign is raising money for students who are facing emergency food, housing, technology, and transportation needs, or other critical situations, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A huge thank you to the more than 50 students who have already made gifts to support their peers!

02/24/2021
publichealth.gwu.edu

On the latest episode of Healthy You: Surviving a Pandemic, Frank Sesno talks with John Andrus, American physician, epidemiologist and immunization specialist at the Milken Institute School of Public Health about the new COVID-19 infections that have come from the UK, South Africa and Brazil and whether the race to get shots in arms will ultimately affect whether we are able to get herd immunity.

“What it does is underline the priority of urgency of rapid deployment as fast as we can get those shots in arms. The longer we wait the longer it takes to roll it out (the vaccine) the more time this virus has a chance to mutate.”
https://publichealth.gwu.edu/healthy-you

#GWSPH report shows how #Medicaid can address the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases in the UShttps://hsrc.himmel...
02/23/2021
Increasing Access to STI Services in the Medicaid Program

#GWSPH report shows how #Medicaid can address the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases in the US

https://hsrc.himmelfarb.gwu.edu/sphhs_policy_informal/32/

The United States is undergoing an epidemic of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. All three bacterial infections are detectable and treatable, yet they often go diagnosed. Untreated chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to serious pelvic infections and i...

EOH Prof. Ami Zota phthalates expert part of group that recently published article in American Journal of Public Health....
02/22/2021
Chemicals in plastics damage babies' brains and must be banned, expert group says

EOH Prof. Ami Zota phthalates expert part of group that recently published article in American Journal of Public Health. #AJPH

https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/20/health/baby-brain-damage-plastic-phthalates-wellness/index.html

Human-made chemicals in the plastics we use are damaging children's brain development and must be banned immediately, according to a group of scientists dedicated to studying and reducing kids' exposure to neurotoxic chemicals and pollutants.

The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) is raising money for the Public Health Rapid Response Fund to help meet the...
02/18/2021

The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) is raising money for the Public Health Rapid Response Fund to help meet the most urgent needs within the student body. PHSA has set a goal of 200 total donors and 100 student donors by February 27. Why 200? To affirm the wide support of the entire GWSPH community for public health students because no one should go through hard times alone.
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You'll join us in reaching our goal of 200 total donors and 100 student donors! #IheartGWSPH
https://www.givecampus.com/f7cz69

We’re eleven months in and the pandemic is still hitting our community hard. The Public Health Student Association has h...
02/16/2021
I Heart GW Public Health Campaign

We’re eleven months in and the pandemic is still hitting our community hard. The Public Health Student Association has heard from students who are facing critical needs during the pandemic - peers who are having trouble connecting to online classes because of internet access or technology barriers, whose housing situation was destabilized, or who are facing food instability. We know some of our peers are struggling and we don’t want anyone in the School of Public Health family to struggle alone.
That’s why PHSA is raising money for the Public Health Rapid Response Fund to meet the most urgent needs within the student body. Your gifts to this fund will directly aid students who are facing these kinds of critical needs. https://www.givecampus.com/f7cz69

Join me and make a gift to support GW Public Health students!

GW Milken Institute School of Public Health in partnership with GWSPH’s Diversity, Equity & InclusionTask Force would li...
02/12/2021

GW Milken Institute School of Public Health in partnership with GWSPH’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Task Force would like to share news about the next seminar in the Dean’s Seminar Series:
Addressing Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C) in the DMV
Over 200 million women and girls worldwide have experienced FGM/C. Join our panel discussion with
FGM/C advocates, survivors, and GW community members as they discuss how they worked together
to pass the federal ban on FGM/C in the U.S., and help them plan for the work that lies ahead.
Karen A McDonnell, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Prevention and Community Health
GW FGMC Project
Milken Institute School of Public Health
The George Washington University
Donald Strong, MBA, MPH
Director of Community Outreach
GW FGMC Project
Milken Institute School of Public Health
The George Washington University
Mariya Taher, MSW, MFA
Sahiyo Co-founder
U.S. Executive Director
Shelby Quast, Esq.
US End FGM/C Network Steering Committee
Co-founder/Director, VoteEquality.US
CEO, Robertson Quast and Associates
Angela Peabody
Founder, Executive Director
Global Woman PEACE Foundation
RSVP:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XqArA6uzS6mttKn7R1g0OQ

Today starts the annual I Heart GW Public Health Campaign! From February 8-27, the Public Health Student Association is ...
02/08/2021
I Heart GW Public Health Campaign

Today starts the annual I Heart GW Public Health Campaign! From February 8-27, the Public Health Student Association is leading the 6th annual I Heart GW Public Health fundraising campaign. PHSA invites all members of the GWSPH community - students, faculty, alumni, staff, and friends - to join in support of GWSPH students facing critical needs by donating to the Public Health Rapids Response Fund. Thanks to a generous donor, the first $1,500 in donations will be matched dollar for dollar. Make a gift today and double your impact! https://www.givecampus.com/schools/GeorgeWashington/i-heart-gw-public-health-campaign#

Join me and make a gift to support GW Public Health students!

EOH chair and Professor Melissa Perry quoted in US News & World Report! "We're all in this together and my mask protects...
01/28/2021
Other Countries Want Citizens to Upgrade Their Masks. The U.S. Just Wants People to Wear Them.

EOH chair and Professor Melissa Perry quoted in US News & World Report!

"We're all in this together and my mask protects you and your mask protects me," Dr. Perry says. "And so being a part of a national solution can be very empowering."
https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2021-01-25/biden-pushes-mask-messaging-as-europe-pushes-mask-upgrades

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and new virus variants emerge, the Biden administration and health experts are doubling down on masks.

NPR's Michel Martin speaks to Milken Institute SPH EOH faculty Dr. David Michaels, former head of the Occupational Safet...
01/23/2021
Former OSHA Head Talks Biden's Executive Order On Workplace Safety

NPR's Michel Martin speaks to Milken Institute SPH EOH faculty Dr. David Michaels, former head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, about the president's move to strengthen workplace safety rules during the pandemic.

https://www.npr.org/2021/01/23/959985609/former-osha-head-talks-bidens-executive-order-on-workplace-safety

NPR's Michel Martin speaks to Dr. David Michaels, former head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, about the president's move to strengthen workplace safety rules during the pandemic.

01/14/2021
accountablehealth.gwu.edu

A report by #GWSPH in partnership with the Georgia Health Policy Center, lays out steps the new administration can take to help the nation heal from racial inequities and the damage caused by the #pandemic. The report, supported by @RWJF, says the Biden administration can take action now to help the nation recover and build back better: https://accountablehealth.gwu.edu/sites/accountablehealth.gwu.edu/files/AdvancingEquityinPandemicResponseandRecovery.pdf

An estimated 10,000 people in DC are living with dementia, according to a new report by the GW Institute for Brain Healt...
01/13/2021
New Report Estimates 10,000 People 65 and Older Living with Dementia in the Nation’s Capital | Office of Media Relations | The George Washington University

An estimated 10,000 people in DC are living with dementia, according to a new report by the GW Institute for Brain Health and Dementia.The new report & guide to services makes 9 recommendations to prevent dementia and help caregivers. Read more here: https://mediarelations.gwu.edu/new-report-estimates-10000-people-65-and-older-living-dementia-nation%E2%80%99s-capital

A report released today estimates that about 10,000 Washington, D.C. residents 65 and older are living with dementia, a general term for a range of memory loss disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Join us January 21 at noon! Dean's Seminar Series: Food Security & Food Disparities in the COVID-19 PandemicThis Dean's ...
01/12/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: DEI Dean's Seminar Series: Food Security and Food Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join us January 21 at noon! Dean's Seminar Series: Food Security & Food Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic
This Dean's Seminar Series will discuss disparities in food security, food access and the food sector in the wake of the pandemic. The seminar will also feature discussion of how DC has responded to address food disparities in DC.

Resident faculty and community experts discussing this topic will include:

Michele (Shelly) Ver Ploeg, PhD, Director of the Food and Health Policy Institute, Associate Professor, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health

Ona Balkus, Director of Food Policy, DC Office of Planning

Charanya Sundar, MS, RDN, LD, Public Health Nutritionist at DC Department of Aging and Community Living

JOIN US JANUARY 21, 2021 AT 12PM ET
RSVP:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_b9MkB7toQhO2BrPwEFXNvA

The COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions implemented to reduce its spread have radically altered the way Americans obtain food. Restrictions on business, social gatherings and travel have led to substantially higher unemployment and to economic hardship for many Americans that work in these indust...

"Going forward, it is essential that CDC and other federal health agencies have regular access to the cutting-edge knowl...
01/11/2021
Axing federal scientific advisory committees was a big mistake - STAT

"Going forward, it is essential that CDC and other federal health agencies have regular access to the cutting-edge knowledge that independent scientific advisory panels can provide." - #GWU's Dr. Melissa Perry on the importance of federal scientific advisory committees.
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Opinion: Our nation's health hinges on good science. Our national security cannot afford another Covid-19. We must turn away from darkness and once again embrace scientific truths. https://buff.ly/3oLDwTP

To help safeguard the nation, the Biden administration needs to restore the scientific advisory committees the Trump administration axed.

The approval and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine mark a potential turning point in the pandemic, but according to p...
01/08/2021
‎Healthy You on Apple Podcasts

The approval and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine mark a potential turning point in the pandemic, but according to polls, much of the public is still hesitant to get vaccinated. In the newest episode of “Healthy You: Surviving a Pandemic,” Dr. David Broniatowski, Associate Professor at the GWSEAS and the Associate Director of the GW IDDP, discusses how misinformation and disinformation around COVID has sown public distrust in the vaccine and the country’s larger public health response to the pandemic. Listen to the episode here!
https://rb.gy/emqhco

‎Medicine · 2021

EOH faculty member David Michaels remembers Jack Geiger, a champion of community health centers:"Some of my favorite Jac...
01/04/2021
H. Jack Geiger, Doctor Who Fought Social Ills, Dies at 95

EOH faculty member David Michaels remembers Jack Geiger, a champion of community health centers:

"Some of my favorite Jack stories involve his reminiscences about Dr. Count Gibson and Dr. John Hatch who, along with Jack, pioneered the community health centers program in Mound Bayou Mississippi and Columbia Point, Boston. Much of their experience has been beautifully captured in John Ward’s wonderful book, Out in the Rural: Mississippi Health Center and its War on Poverty, written in collaboration with Jack and John (Count died in 2002). Our School’s Geiger Gibson Program, with the help of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, supported John Ward’s epic work, which draws on a vast amount of historical material maintained by the University of North Carolina, on whose faculty John Hatch served following his doctoral studies at its renowned school of public health."

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/28/health/h-jack-geiger-dead.html?referringSource=articleShare

He used medicine to take on poverty, racism and the threat of nuclear destruction. Two groups he helped start won Nobel Peace Prizes.

Check out the latest Healthy You:  Surviving a Pandemic Podcast with with Dr. Anika Alvanzo discussing the somewhat over...
12/22/2020
Healthy You - Surviving Pandemic: Dr. Anika Alvanzo

Check out the latest Healthy You: Surviving a Pandemic Podcast with with Dr. Anika Alvanzo discussing the somewhat overshadowed but still raging opioid crisis in this country.

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/surviving-pandemic-dr-anika-alvanzo/id1436343074

Google Play: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9nd2hlYWx0aHl5b3UubGlic3luLmNvbS9yc3M/episode/YTBkYjc4NzctM2Y4NS00NzRiLTk3OGItNTYxZjhmNTI3NzA3?sa=X&ved=0CAUQkfYCahcKEwjwpMWgldjtAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAg

While COVID-19 dominates national headlines, the opioid crisis continues to ravage communities throughout the US and is getting worse. In this episode, we speak to Dr. Anika Alvanzo, an addiction medicine physician and Eastern Medical Director of Pyramid Health Care, about how the COVID-19 pandemic....

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