We are loving this piece by Dr. Megan Sandel, discussing the relationship between housing policy and educational reforms. Dr. Sandel shows clearly that spending housing dollars means investing in education.
“The longevity of students at a given school is as valuable to them as simple attendance. But students often “churn” – leave and change schools or districts –each year, forcing teachers to re-teach material to new students. In Massachusetts, it was estimated that over a third of students across 11 cities churn through a school in a given year, that is, who start and finish a grade in different places.”
Read the whole article here: http://www.economistinsights.com/infrastructure-cities/opinion/housing-and-education
BU Advocacy Training Program (BUATP) is partnering with BUSPH Students for Quality Health Care to present a grand rounds given by Dr. Fullilove, Associate Dean of Minority and Community Affairs at Columbia University’s School of Public Health. Dr. Fullilove, a distinguished advocate for breaking barriers to care for minority populations, is coming to BUSM to talk about healthcare in the US prison system.
Where: Boston University School of Medicine (Room R115)
When: Thursday November 6th from 12 – 2 pm
Sandwiches and refreshments will be provided
Please register here so that we know to order enough food:
For questions please email Madeleine Kuhn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Fullilove’s Biography:
Robert E. Fullilove, EdD is the Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs, Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences and the co-director of the Cities Research Group.
Dr Fullilove has authored numerous articles in the area of minority health. From 1995 to 2001, he served on the Board of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the National Academy of Sciences. Since 1996, he has served on five IOM study committees that have produced reports on a variety of topics including substance abuse and addiction, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and damp indoor spaces and health. In 2003 he was designated a National Associate of the National Academies of Science. In 1998 he was appointed to the Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention (ACHSP) at the Centers for Disease Control, and in July, 2000, he became the committee’s chair. Finally, between 2004-2007, he served on the National Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health [NIH].
Dr Fullilove serves on the editorial boards of the journals Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and the Journal of Public Health Policy. He has been awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award at the Mailman School of Public Health three times (in 1995, 2001, and 2013), and in May, 2002, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Bank Street College of Education.
Maybe some of you have heard about the abrupt closure of the Long Island Bridge this week. Long Island is home to some important services for marginalized and vulnerable populations, including a homeless shelter and a detox and methadone treatment facility. The below article describes how staff at Andrew House had 2 hours notice to find new placements for 60 detoxing patients before the bridge closed. The people who use the services located on Long Island will now need to seek help elsewhere, and Boston’s substance abuse treatment facilities are already overcrowded.
Please write or call the Mayor’s office and/or your City Councilor to urge them to find a solution quickly! Below is a sample script you could use, but feel free to come up with your own!
“Dear Mayor Walsh/City Councilor ______,
My name is __________ and I am a medical/dental/public health/law/social work student here in Boston. I believe that all Boston residents deserve access to services that will promote their health and prolong their life, which is why I was dismayed to hear that the abrupt closure of the Long Island Bridge disrupted access to vital services for individuals experiencing homeless and/or substance dependency here in Boston. More people die each year in MA from accidental opiate overdose than from motor vehicle accidents (MA Department of Public Health, 2012), and enrollment in a methadone treatment program has been demonstrated to significantly decrease risk of death from an overdose. Given the increasing rates of death from opiate overdoses here in Boston, we should be expanding access to these services, not eliminating it. I therefore urge you and the City Council to work to find a solution to the Long Island Bridge closure that promotes public safety AND preserves access to needed services.
1) Go to cityofboston.gov
2) click the “government” tab on the right top of the screen
3) Follow links to either Mayor’s Office or City Council on the left (then click on your city councilor, or the link to find your city councilor if you don’t know which is yours!)
4) Find and click the “contact” link
5) copy and paste the text you want to send, or just type it directly
6) I think it’s good to include “Boston, MA” in your signature so they know you live here, and add in some language about being one of their constituents
7) Click send!
This will take you less than 5 minutes! Promise!
The BU Advocacy Training Program will be hosting this year’s first Advocacy Ground Rounds this Thursday!
The details of the event are the following:
Title: Innovations in Combating Tropical Diseases
Speaker: Kevin Outterson, JD, LL.M.
Description: Kevin Outterson, a Professor of Health and Disability Law at BU, will be speaking about new developments and innovations in combating tropical diseases. Professor Outterson co-directs the BU Health Law Program, and serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law, Medicine &Ethics. His research focuses on the organization and finance of the health sector. Areas of specialization include global pharmaceutical markets, particularly antibiotics and other antimicrobials that can degrade in usefulness over time.
When: Thursday, September 25th @ 12:00-1:00pm
Lunch will be provided!
Please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions!
Meet us at the Student Organization Fair for the Class of 2018!!! It will be held on Tuesday, August 12, at 2:45 pm in the Hiebert Lounge.
We will be talking about what we do as an organization, our plans for this year and how you can be involved throughout your medical school years.
See you there!
This year’s ATP abstract submission to John McCahan Education Day has been selected as the winner for Best Student/Resident Abstract! Nicole Economou and Lou Yu discussed the assessment of structured advocacy training integrated into the third year ob/gyn clerkship. Congratulations Nicole and Lou for this wonderful accomplishment, and many thanks to Dr. Chris Curry and Dr. Erica Holland, as well as the BMC Ob/gyn department for all of the support and hard work on this project. We hope that this success helps fuel the incorporation of formal advocacy training into all required 3rd and 4th year BUSM clerkships.
Want to learn more about what’s going on with prisoners’ health right here in Boston?
Want to know how you can help?
Come join Physicians for Human Rights, buATP and BUMC Pride as we welcome Jason Lydon, the founder of Black and Pink.
Jason will give an introduction to current LGBTQ prisoner issues, prisoner organizing models and the role of medical professionals within the framework of abolition.
Black and Pink is a national organization that started here in Boston to support LGBTQ people currently residing in the prison system. So come discuss, ask questions, eat pizza and engage!
Q & A will follow a brief lecture, and pizza will be provided.
Friday April 18th, 2014
BUSM Room L-109
Please join us and the Department of General Internal Medicine:
“Advocacy from the Front Lines of Medicine”
Jessie Gaeta, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, BUSM
Department of General Internal Medicine, BMC
Medical director of Barbara McInnis House
Friday, March 21, 2014
BU School of Medicine Building, Keefer Auditorium
Hope to see you there!
* BMC’s Social Determinants of Health Grand Rounds is a new series of lectures that address the social, economic and environmental determinants of our patients’ health. By inviting experts in patient advocacy and health care policy to share their research and experience, they aim to foster a dialogue across departments and professions about the social context of our health care system.
Our first buATP Advocacy Grand Rounds of the year took place on February 5th @ 11:30-12:30pm (in spite of the snow storm!) The discussion, titled “Can Housing Act as a Vaccine?”, was lead by Dr. Sandel, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the BU Schools of Medicine and Public Health. After sharing how she became passionate about housing advocacy, Dr. Sandel described how a stable, decent and affordable home can act as a vaccine to keep kids and adults healthy now and in the future. Dr. Sandel also talked about the current national homeless crisis and deliberately left ample time for student questions to allow for an interactive discussion.
**Our next Grand Rounds will be on Monday, March 31st @ 4pm, so be on the lookout for these!**