Recent News from PopFam
Brookings Institute Blog, June 2019: Neglect of children at the border has long-term consequences
Virginia Rauh describes the impact that neglect has on children's social-emotional, mental, and physical health, as well as on brain development.
Lynn Freedman comments on a recent study that finds that one in six women report maternal mistreatement. The number is higher for women of color.
Shadin Awad, MPH '19, spoke to her peers about the importance of integrating a human rights framework into their future work in public health. Watch the full video of her commencement speech here.
The Hill, May 2019: Sexual Assualt Survivors Could Lose Health Access Under Trump
In this op-ed, Terry McGovern responds to the Trump administration's decision to prohibit the UN Security Council form approving language that would help suvivors of sexual violence that occurs during war.
Rewire.News, April 2019: To Reverse the Maternal Health Crisis, We Must Break the Cycle of Distrust
PopFam's Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) is tackling the problem of the significantly increase risk of death from pregnancy-related cuases that Black women face in the U.S. Lynn Freedman has published initial findings in collaboration with Angela D. Aina of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance and Mary-Ann Etiebet of Merck for Mothers.
JAMA Pediatrics, April 2019: Early Sexual Initiation Among Boys: What Should We Do?
Bell and Garbers contend that the study "highlights the need for education that can help young men navigate the complexities of relationships (including with 'friends'), ideally before sex enters the picture."
Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, March 2019: Women's empowerment in Egypt: the reliability of a complex construct
In this study, Goleen Samari examines the reliability of measures of women's agency by considering the effects of women's individual and household characteristics on women's agency. Results show that the same individual, household, and spousal characteristics were consistently associated with decision-making and attitutes towards intimate partner violence.
The Hill, March 2019: Islamophobia is a Public Health Crisis
"Decades of research shows us that white supremacist rhetoric and xenophobic policies cause illness and lead to premature death," writes Goleen Samari.
Journal of International Affairs, March 2019: The Global Gag Rule and Closing Civil Society Space for Sexual and Reproductive Rights
Our Global Health Justice and Governance team weighs in on the increasingly hostile political, fundraising, and personal security environment that civil society organizations and activists face with the expanded Global Gag Rule.
New York Magazine, February 2019: Trump's EPA is Risking the Health of a Generation of American Children
Virginia Rauh's research on the effects of environmental toxins on children's health is cited in this article on the health impacts of recent changes to EPA policy.
Journal of Adolescent Health, January 2019: Confidentiality Discussions and Private Time With a Health-Care Provider for Youth
Stephanie Grilo, Marina Catallozzi, and John Santelli's findings show that only half of young people ages 13 to 26 years old in the United States report ever having private time with a healthcare provider, despite professional guidelines that recommend adolescents and young adults have access to confidential services and time for private discussions.
The Lancet, December 2018: The UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health: the health of a world on the move
Department Chair Terry McGovern served as a commissioner on this study, which found that despite negative political narratives, migrants do not pose a threat to public health and make essential contributions to the countries they inhabit.