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WashU Expert: Proposed Missouri tobacco tax increase doesn’t go far enough

According to Professor Doug Luke, the proposed 23-cent-per-pack raise to Missouri’s tobacco tax doesn't go far enough and will likely blunt positive health effects.

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Sarah Gehlert Appointed to OBSSR Expert Panel

​​​Following a nomination from the Council for Social Work Education CSWE, Dr. Sarah Gehlert has been invited to join the strategic planning expert panel for the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research of the National Institutes of Health.

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Brown students alumni present at APHA annual meeting

The American Public Health Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago featured a number of poster presentations by Brown School MPH students.

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Seeking applicants for Professorship in Social Entrepreneurship

The Brown School seeks candidates for its inaugural Michael B. Kaufman Professor of Practice in Social Entrepreneurship. This individual will advance the school’s social entrepreneurship efforts as well as larger interdisciplinary efforts across WashU.

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Op-Ed: Less guns, more safety on college campuses

Following the mass shootings in Paris, Colorado Springs and San Bernardino, Dean Edward Lawlor weighs in on two controversial pieces of Missouri State Legislation, which could permit concealed weapons on college campuses.

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Better Navigation Could Help African-American Breast Cancer Patients

Fragmented services and navigation help were major obstacles to breast cancer treatment of African-American women in St. Louis, according to research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Brown School students learn social entrepreneurship by doing

Since 2011, the Brown School's Social Entrepreneurship Class has allowed to student address major social issues through business concepting. Learn more about the business concepts being launched this semester.

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WashU Expert: Better health care not enough to address health disparities

Jason Purnell addresses the social determinants of health that have a considerable impact on the health of populations.

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Kate Clitheroe, MPH ’14, leads health and education efforts in Honduras

Since graduating from the Brown School in May 2014, Kate Clitheroe has been the programs and research director for the NGO Shoulder to Shoulder in Honduras.

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Parking tickets help send kids to college

Last week, $175,000 in residual city parking revenue – which the treasurer manages – was deposited in new college savings accounts for 3,500 city children.

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Brown School student focuses on fine-tuning health care delivery

John Lentz, master’s degree candidate in public health at the Brown School, believes that once it is understood how a large-scale administrative health care system functions, even a small tweak can generate a major improvement in health outcomes.

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Thomas looks for answers on Ferguson Commission

Monique Thomas is no ordinary Washington University graduate student. In addition to pursuing both MPH and MBA degrees, Thomas also took a term off to work for the Ferguson Commission in the months following the non-indictment in the Michael Brown case.

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Preventing Gun Violence: Evidence-Based Optimism in a Realistic World

The Brown School organized a symposium, Nov. 12, to initiate a community dialogue about gun violence as a public health issue. Participants at the event reviewed research and evidence to inform gun violence prevention and response practices.

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Hagerman wins Global Health Week best poster award

Amanda Hagerman, MPH candidate ’16, received the award for top student poster during Washington University’s Global Health Week. Hagerman’s poster described her finding on vitamin A supplementation in Kenya.

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Caroline Wheatley, MPH/MSW ’13, tackles HIV, TB in Mozambique

For the last year and a half, Caroline Wheatley has worked in Mozambique for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), an affiliate of the United Nations, in the Migration Health Division.

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Wendt Fellowships Promote Holistic Change in Urban Education

The Brown School has announced a new full-tuition fellowship program, the Wendt Fellowship Program in St. Louis School Leadership, designed to attract and educate the future leaders of urban public schools in our region.

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Ally Melvin wins IdeaBounce entrepreneurship event

Ally Melvin, a second-year MSW student, was one of five recent winners in an IdeaBounce® competition sponsored by Washington University’s Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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Brown School StatLab offers statistics support

The Brown School has launched the StatLab, a new program to help students master the numeric skills that are vital to the development of evidence-based research and practice.

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A Chance Meeting Between Alumnae Generates New Tribal Child Welfare Research

The Native Nations Institute and the National Indian Child Welfare Association have released the second set of qualitative and quantitative analyses from an ongoing project on tribal child welfare policy.

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Washington University receives $1.6 million Gates Foundation grant

Washington University receives a $1.6 million Gates Foundation grant to fund study of social networks and family planning in Ethiopia.

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Washington University launches Center for Health Economics and Policy

Washington University in St. Louis has announced the launch of the Center for Health Economics and Policy (CHEP), to be housed in the Institute for Public Health. The center will be co-directed by Timothy McBride.

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MSW Alumni to present at SSWR

Five MSW alumni will be presenting at the 2016 Society for Social Work and Research conference Jan.13-17 in Washington, DC.

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Regina Banks awarded prestigious CSWE fellowship

Regina Banks, a second-year MSW student, has been awarded a Now Is the Time: Minority Fellowship Program-Youth (MFP-Y) master’s student fellowship by the Council on Social Work Education.

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Morrow-Howell Is the New President of GSA

Nancy Morrow-Howell, PhD, is the new president of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation’s largest multidisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging.

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Moving​, even to more affluent areas, puts kids at greater risk for not graduating high school

New study finds that students experiencing at least one move over a twelve-month period have a roughly 50% decreased likelihood of obtaining a high school diploma by age 25.

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Education, trust key to participation by African-American men in tissue research

According to new findings from the School of Medicine and the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, building trust in researchers could help increase the participation of African-American men in tissue research.

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Washington People: Enola Proctor

Brown School professor works to speed research, brings people together to solve the hard problems.

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WashU Expert: Senate criminal justice reform bill falls short of needed changes

A bipartisan group of United States senators announced Oct. 1 legislation that would overhaul the country’s criminal justice system, giving judges more leeway in sentencing and reducing sentences for some nonviolent offenders.

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Hillman Hall Dedication

Thomas and Jennifer Hillman Hall, the newest academic building on the Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis and the third facility for the Brown School, was dedicated during a ceremony Oct. 2.

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Brown School’s Hillman Hall a ‘healthy’ building

Yearlong study underway by Brown School’s Amy Eyler to evaluate health impact of innovative new building.

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Pettus-Davis

National conference to focus on smart decarceration of American criminal justice system

The inaugural conference of the Smart Decarceration Initiative will convene a diverse group of leaders and thinkers in policy, practice and research dedicated to criminal justice reform.

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Rivera-Núñez to lead programs on maternal and child health

Zorimar Rivera-Núñez, assistant professor, has received a grant from Washington University’s Ferguson Academic Seed Grant Program to enhance the Brown School’s curriculum on maternal and child health.

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McBride: Brown School is the right place for evidence-based research

“This is the right time, and the right place” to put research into practice, Timothy D. McBride told the audience at the Brown School Convocation on Sept. 2.

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Brown School helps develop public health education in Haiti

This summer, Lora Iannotti and others from Brown and a partner university took the first steps toward the establishment of a public health degree program there.

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Altman oversees sexual health education in Chicago schools

​“I always wanted to work in school health,” says Lara Altman, MPH/ MSW ’13. She’s been getting that chance for the past year, overseeing sexual health programs for Chicago Public Schools and their nearly 400,000 students.

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Lawlor to conclude Brown School deanship

Edward F. Lawlor, PhD, dean and the William E. Gordon Distinguished Professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, has announced his decision to conclude his deanship on June 30, 2016.

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Grounds for Change opens in Hillman Hall

WUSTL Dining Services added a new café to the Danforth Campus dining locations on August 3, 2015. Grounds for Change, located in Hillman Hall, will provide a café experience within the Brown School of Social Work.

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Ochieng develops waterborne illness screening program in Tanzania

Dorothy Ochieng, MPH candidate ’16, went to Tanzania to develop a screening program for waterborne illnesses among rural residents.

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Bogucki tracks mosquitoes to assess West Nile threat

Mosquitoes might not be every statistician’s idea of a dream subject, but for Amy Bogucki, MPH candidate ’16, the little pests were plenty challenging.

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Bohannon gives back as Alumni Board member

​Doneisha (Snider) Bohannon, MPH ’14, is working to continue the Brown School’s legacy of community engagement.

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Alumni News: Children’s mental health is focus of Rice

Securing more resources for children’s mental health services is a key goal for Okpara Rice, MSW ’97, who has been named CEO at Tanager Place, a clinic that services thousands of children with behavioral or psychiatric disorders.

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Kaitlin Graff, MSW/MPH candidate ’15, develops curriculum for community service

Helping medical students understand the real-world determinants of health is the goal of Kaitlin Graff’s practicum, one that she has found especially rewarding.

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Maxine Clark and Bob Fox promote civic and community engagement

Building on a significant legacy of generosity and support to Washington University in St. Louis, business and civic leaders Maxine Clark and Bob Fox have committed $7.5 million for programs and facilities at the Brown School.

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Brown faculty members promote health social work in China

Three Brown School faculty members lectured and taught at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, this summer, and were encouraged by what they found.

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Students gain understanding of poverty and people in immersion class

Geraldine Hannon grew up in Belleville, Ill., just a few miles from the poverty of East St. Louis. But she experienced that city in a new way when she lived there for a week as part of Poverty: The Impact of Institutionalized Racism.

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Alumni News: Keeley named President, CEO of St. Louis Arc

On July 1, Keeley, MSW ’89, began work as the president and CEO of St. Louis Arc, which now serves more than 3,500 St. Louis area families.

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Poverty prospects higher than expected

New study from Mark Rank shows how wide the income gap is becoming.

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Working with Passion, Effecting Change in a Context of Uncertainty

This is a prepared text of the Brown School Commencement address delivered by Sandra Moore, President of Urban Strategies, on May 14, 2015.

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Supreme Court likely to uphold Obamacare tax credits, avoid chaos

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to announce its decision in a lawsuit that threatens health insurance subsidies for more than 6 million Americans, Timothy McBride is confident the high court will side with the Obama administration.

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Evaluation Center Nancy Mueller

Brown School launches Evaluation Center

The Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis has launched the Evaluation Center to provide client-driven evaluation services and training for nonprofit organizations, funders, universities and government agencies.

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Jenine Harris

Brown School study analyzes Twitter hashtags associated with diabetes

An analysis of Twitter hashtag use on the subject of diabetes provides new insights about spreading health information through social media.

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Vanessa Fabbre

WashU Expert: Caitlyn Jenner may be turning point in America’s awareness of transgender issues

Caitlyn Jenner’s first public appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair has sparked quite a stir. The Twitter account for Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, reached 1 million followers in just over four hours.

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Sheretta Butler-Barnes

When STEM education meets African-American culture

Brown School’s Sheretta Butler-Barnes helps African-American middle school girls gain confidence in themselves while honing math and science skills.

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Furtado wins Dean’s Medal for Research Without Walls

Karishma Furtado, MPH/MSW ’15, won this year’s Research Without Walls Dean’s Medal for her project: “Is 1+1<2? Exploring Disinhibition and Malaria Prevention Interventions in Angola.”

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Delta Omega inducts three alumni

Melissa Braganza, MPH ’12; Rebekah Jacob, MPH/MSW ’13; and Jeanette Wong, MPH ’12 were inducted May 14 into the Gamma Sigma chapter of Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.

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Ja Kyung (Maria) Jang, MSW '15

​Ja Kyung (Maria) Jang, MSW ’15, participated in the 48th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD48) at the United Nations from April 13-17, 2015.

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Debra Haire_Joshu

New Collection of Papers Addresses Diabetes and Obesity Prevention Strategies

The Washington University Center for Diabetes Translation Research and the Institute for Public Health at Washington University developed a series of papers intended to inform real-world approaches to diabetes and obesity prevention.

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WashU: Point-of-sale tobacco restrictions on the rise

More communities are focusing on the places where tobacco is sold to try to reduce smoking, particularly among young people, according to a new report from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Alexis Duncan

Sexual orientation, gender identity linked to eating disorders

New study from the Brown School finds transgender and non-transgender lesbian, gay and bisexual students are at greater risk for eating disorders.

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Aaron Bewick

Class Acts: Student Aaron Beswick draws inspiration from his family

Beswick, who will be earning both a Master of Public Health and a Master of Social Work from the Brown School, acknowledged that it’s his family that made these accomplishments possible, keeping him grounded, focused and determined.

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Professor Robert Putnam

Professor Robert Putnam sounds alarm for 'our kids'

CSD recently brought Professor Robert Putnam, the best-selling author and consultant to three American Presidents to Washington University to discuss his new book, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis." Get a recap of the event here.

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Louis W. Sullivan

Dr. Louis Sullivan: Diversity a key to better medical care

More diversity in the health care professions would help improve understanding and communication with patients.

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Tim McBride

WashU: Plain language, graphics and stories can help the newly insured understand their choices

New Research finds effectively communicating information about the Affordable Care Act can be done using plain language.

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C. Eugene Steuerle: Make the 21st Century the century of the child

C. Eugene Steuerle, author of "Dead Men Ruling," says it's entirely possible to make the 21st Century the century of the child.

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Rattled by Nepal quake, faculty shift focus from research to relief

The devastating earthquake in Nepal has forced three Washington University in St. Louis researchers to alter their plans for research-related projects in the country.

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Gun Violence Panel

WashU begins yearlong study of gun violence

Gun Violence Public Health initiative will bring together scholars, medical professionals, community leaders and citizens to take a hard look at the serious, tragic public health consequences of gun violence in America.

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Brown School’s Pettus-Davis to lead research arm of new prisoner reentry initiative

Assistant Professor Carrie Pettus-Davis has been tapped to serve as executive director of the Concordance Institute for Advancing Social Justice.

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Tax-time savings programs effective in helping low-income families save refunds, study finds

Brown School’s Michal Grinstein-Weiss co-author on tax-time savings study

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Ramesh Raghavan

WashU: Preschoolers on Medicaid receiving psychotropic drugs

New research finds psychotropic drugs are being administered to 1.2 percent of preschool children on Medicaid in the U.S., despite limited evidence supporting safety or efficacy.

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Ross Brownson

WashU: Evidence-based plans needed to combat non-communicable diseases around the world

New report finds a better application of evidence in public health settings is needed to address causes of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide.

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Convenience, workplace incentives may increase use of public transit

New research finds transit stops close to home and workplace incentives are associated with higher likelihood that commuters will choose public transportation.

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Study finds 1.2 percent of preschoolers on Medicaid use psychotropic drugs

A new study finds that that 1.2 percent of American preschool children on Medicaid are using psychotropic drugs, including antidepressants, mood stabilizers and medications for attention-deficit disorder.

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P.H. Op-Ed: Making a Lasting Impact

To move forward and ensure good health and well-being for all people, we must try to build on what has been successful.

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Washu: State health policy advocates look for unbiased information

New research finds lack of bias and relevance to their organization are the most important characteristics of policy-related research for state-level health advocates.

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P.H. Op-Ed: Alternative transportation funds make St. Louis healthier

St. Louis is making excellent strides toward embracing alternative transportation. The Board of Aldermen unanimously passed a Complete Streets bill in January, which will make St. Louis a safer place for pedestrians and cyclists.

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P.H. Op-Ed: Are White Castle Sliders Worth More than Human Lives

Research shows that communities with residents comprising low socioeconomic levels and racial/ethnic backgrounds are more likely to have an abundance of unhealthy food outlets.

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Public Health Op-Ed: Let's get moving, Missouri?

April 6 marks the beginning of National Public Health Week. The focus of the American Public Health Association this year is how to take steps forward to make the United States the healthiest nation in one generation – by 2030.

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Confronting the public health implications of gun violence

Yearlong university initiative will explore what we know, what we need to know, what to do

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WashU Professor Honored by NCI

​Dr. Kimberly Johnson has been honored by the National Cancer Institute for a paper she co-authored about genetic mutations that increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

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CSD’s Grinstein-Weiss alerts US senators to golden moments for savings

Four reforms designed to spur savings, decrease over-reliance on Social Security

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CSD report offers insights into how young people save in developing countries

New project from the Center for Social Development examines the attitudes and practices of young people in developing economies toward saving money.

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WashU: Health departments’ use of science in decision-making

According to a new study systematic reviews of scientific literature and scientific reports are the scientific resources most likely to be used by local health departments in their decision-making.

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Nancy Morrow-Howell

Washington People: Nancy Morrow-Howell

Gerontology expert works to understand ‘whole picture’ of aging

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New study finds homeowners fared better in Great Recession than renters

New study from the Center for Social Development finds homeownership to be a key economic safeguard during Great Recession.

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WashU: Stigma makes poverty worse for mentally ill in India

The stigma surrounding people with severe mental illness in India leads to increased poverty among them, especially women, according to new research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Jean Francois Trani

Stigma of mental illness in India linked to poverty

The stigma surrounding people with severe mental illness in India leads to increased poverty among them, especially women, according to new research led by Assistant Professor Jean-Francois Trani.

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O’Brien receives Holobaugh Honor

Rory P. O’Brien, a third-year MPH/MSW student, was honored Nov. 5 at the Holobaugh Honors.

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McBride, students head for Jefferson City, Washington to study health reform

Professor Timothy McBride and two other instructors are leading 15 Brown School students to experience first-hand the implementation of health care reform through meetings with influential policymakers.

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Nora Geary, MPH/MSW ’13, moves toward her dream in Atlanta

When Nora Geary, MPH/MSW, graduated from the Brown School two years ago, she was wrote down two goals in a Guatemalan “dream holder”: “I wanted to be Michelle Obama’s right-hand woman and end childhood obesity.”

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Mary Scheuermann, MPH/MSW ’11, tackles health policy in D.C.

As the Supreme Court prepares to rule in a major health-insurance case involving the Affordable Care Act, Mary Scheuermann is one of many in the nation’s capital who are feeling some tension.

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Sarah Kastelic advocates nationally for Indian welfare

Sarah (Hicks) Kastelic knew she wanted to pursue a career in working with Native communities, but it wasn’t until she arrived at the Brown School that she found a focus for her ambition.

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Bethany A Johnson-Javois Managing Director of Ferguson Commission

Bethany A. Johnson-Javois, a ’02 MSW graduate and distinguished alumna of the Brown School, has been named Managing Director of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s special Ferguson Commission.

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WashU, SLU: Unemployed African-American men in rural areas lack needed connections

New research finds Unemployed black men in rural Missouri lack the social and community connections that could help them find work.

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For the Sake of All partners with St. Louis County Library

For the Sake of All, the multidisciplinary project aimed at improving the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis, has partnered with the St. Louis County Library system to help further promote its recommendations.

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Brown School research influences new St. Louis housing laws

Two new laws in St. Louis will expand housing options for Section 8 renters in the city. Metzger testifies before St. Louis Board of Aldermen Feb. 4.

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WashU: Legislative testimony influences state decision-making

Most state legislators say testimony at legislative hearings is influential, though few reported that it changes their votes, according to research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Legislative decision-making can be influenced by testimony

Brown School study finds knowledgeable, credible presentation of unbiased information has greatest impact.

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WashU, Iowa: Medicare Advantage enrollment increasing in rural areas

More rural Americans are signing up for Medicare Advantage despite reductions in payments, according to new research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

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Medicare Advantage enrollment increasing in rural areas

More rural Americans are signing up for Medicare Advantage despite reductions in payments, according to new research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

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Diabetes interventions should be localized, Brown School study finds

Poverty levels and inactivity associated with diabetes — but only in some areas.

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Is this the year you join the 1 percent?

Affluence more fluid than once thought – but a few troubling exceptions remain.

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WashU: Behavioral economics can help increase cancer screening

Using principles of behavioral economics can help increase cancer screening and reduce health disparities, according to a new paper from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Faculty featured as leaders in new efforts to promote dissemination and implementation

Professors Ross Brownson & Enola Proctor's groundbreaking book was used as an organizing framework for a new dissemination and implementation toolkit.

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Promoting economic development, reducing congestion key to boosting transportation policy

According to new research, emphasizing increased economic development and decreased traffic congestion are good strategies for those seeking to advance walking and bicycling through transportation policy.

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WashU: Older fathers linked to children’s genetic disorder

New study finds the children of older fathers may have a greater risk of a genetic disorder that is associated with pediatric brain tumors.

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WashU installs Brownson in new professorship

Dr. Ross C. Brownson has been installed as the Bernard Becker Professor at the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis.

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