health dilemma: unlimited priorities, limited funds
By Hope Green
Hospital closings. Bioterrorism. West Nile virus. AIDS. Substance abuse.
As the Massachusetts commissioner of public health, Howard Koh goes from
crises that dominate the headlines to festering problems that get less media
coverage but still have a lasting impact on the public's well-being.
wake of terrorism, theology scholar's book shows healing power of the
Eloquence in times of crisis has long been a hallmark of the African-American
church. Galvanizing speeches by 19th-century black abolitionists and the
inspiring oratory of Martin Luther King, Jr. (GRS'55, Hon.'59) in the
midst of the 1960s race riots are among the better known examples of this
legacy. School of Theology doctoral student Martha Simmons is an expert
in the traditions of African-American Baptist homiletics, and when capacity
crowds packed houses of worship after September 11, she knew that leading
black clergy could be counted on for words of encouragement and solace.
study redresses woeful lack of data on black women's health
In the first study of its kind, a team of researchers led by Professor
Lynn Rosenberg, associate director of the Slone Epidemiology Unit at the
School of Public Health, is currently tracking the health of 64,500 African-American
women from around the country. "It's the largest health study of
black women that's yet been conducted," Rosenberg says.
Gourdin: Olympic silver medalist, but a man of firsts
travel safety alert
Each February, the State Department alerts American students
traveling abroad during spring and summer breaks about
conditions that may affect their safety and welfare. Some
young people are victimized while traveling because they
are unaware of the laws, customs, or standards of the
country they are visiting or by failing to exercise prudent
judgment. For the latest travel safety information, visit
the Bureau of Consular Affairs Web site at http://travel.state.gov