Read Full Story Peter Berman, professor of the practice of global health systems and economics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has received the 2016 Carl Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award in International Health from the American Public Health Association (APHA).Berman is a health economist with more than 40 years of experience in research, policy analysis and development, and training and education in global health. In his work, he has focused on analyzing health system performance and designing reform strategies, strengthening health care delivery, and improving health care financing mechanisms in countries including Ethiopia, India, Malaysia, Egypt, Colombia, Indonesia, and Poland.The award is named for Carl Taylor, M.P.H. ’51, D.P.H. ’53—the founder of the APHA’s International Health Section, who dedicated his life to the well-being of the world’s marginalized people—and honors public health visionaries and leaders who have shaped the direction of international health and/or the development of the APHA.
Share HealthLifestyle Gay marriage ‘improves health’ by: – December 16, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 18 Views no discussions Gay men appeared less likely to experience stressLegalising same-sex marriage may create a healthier environment for gay men, say US researchers.The number of visits by gay men to health clinics dropped significantly after same-sex unions were allowed in the state Massachusetts.This was regardless of whether the men were in a stable relationship, reported the American Journal of Public Health.A UK HIV charity said there was a clear link between happiness and health.Research has already suggested that gay men are more likely to suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts than heterosexual men, and that social exclusion may be partly responsible.‘Lasting repercussions’Same-sex marriages are legal in six US states, with Massachusetts the first to allow them in 2003.Researchers from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health surveyed the demand for medical and mental health care from 1,211 gay men registered with a particular health clinic in the 12 months prior to the change, and the 12 months afterwards.They found a 13% drop in healthcare visits after the law was enacted.There was a reduction in blood pressure problems, depression and “adjustment disorders”, which the authors claimed could be the result of reduced stress.Lesbian women were not included in the study as there were insufficient numbers to give a statistically meaningful result.Dr Mark Hatzenbuehler, who led the study, said: “Our results suggest that removing these barriers improves the health of gay and bisexual men“Marriage equality may produce broad public health benefits by reducing the occurrence of stress-related health conditions.”A spokesman for the Terrence Higgins Trust, a UK-based sexual health and HIV charity, said: “There is a known link between health and happiness. “It’s no surprise that people who are treated as second class citizens tend to have low self esteem, which in turn makes them more likely to take risks. “Whether this is drugs, alcohol abuse, or unsafe sex, treating gay men unequally has lasting repercussions for their health.”BBC News
In the first “Students Talk Back” event of the semester, Californian office members and Democratic and Republican students discussed President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address.Breaking down Barack · Panelists (from left to right) Anthony Portantino, Shikhar Gupta, Tony Strickland and Jennifer Massey spoke on a panel on President Obama’s State of the Union address. The panel focused on economic inequality, climate change and partisan gridlock in Congress. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanThe event, entitled “Students Talk Back: A Politics and Public Policy Forum,” featured a panel consisting of former California Assemblymember of the 44th district Anthony Portantino, former California Senator serving the 19th district Tony Strickland, Vice President of the USC College Democrats Shikhar Gupta and President of the USC College Republicans Jennifer Massey.The forum focused on key areas that President Obama presented in his address, specifically those that continue to be a pressing issue for partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C.Portantino viewed the State of the Union address as a wake-up call for both parties in the Capital.“Let’s put in place things that make the air cleaner, the water drinkable, our vehicles run more efficiently,” Portantino said. “Whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, [if] you leave your garage door closed [with the vehicle on,] you die. It shouldn’t even be a partisan conversation.”Tony Strickland stressed that climate change is over-argued and will always be an ongoing issue.Another major issue discussed was establishing economic equality. In his address, President Obama called –— an “equal pay for equal work” regardless of gender.“Certainly as the father of two daughters who someday want to retire and [have them] take care of me, [I want them to be] extremely successful,” Portantino said.Jennifer Massey believed that both parties should listen to each other and work to find common ground over the issues that U.S. citizens want addressed in 2014.“I think that the issue that they could work on together would probably be creating job opportunity and reducing the federal budget deficit,” Massey said. “[There was] an NBC Wall Street Journal poll last week that asked what Americans thought were the biggest issues facing 2014 and about 91 percent said creating jobs and 74 percent [said] reducing the federal budget deficit.”Many of the students attending the forum were able to ask panelists questions and engage in the debate.Sam Dorn, a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism and political science, had mixed opinions toward the debate.“I can’t say I agree with every point, but I don’t think you ever do,” Dorn said. “[It was] definitely a realistic look at [the] second term.”