SHIELD Updates

October 22nd: Social Work and the Health of Populations

Social Work and the Health of Populations Tuesday, October 22, 2019 3:00–5:30 p.m. DOORS OPEN, 2:30 P.M. Charles River Campus, Photonics Center, Colloquium Room 8 St. Mary’s Street Boston Please Register Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People Provided #PublicHealthSocialWork Livestreaming Available During Event Cohosted with the School of Social Work Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health. Social work and public health are both centrally concerned with the social determinants of health. This half-day symposium will explore how, together, social work and public health can improve population health, from individual-level to systemic change. We aim to generate ideas for future collaboration in scholarship, policy, and practice. 2.5 free social work CEUs available for in-person attendees Agenda 3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. OPENING REMARKS Jorge Delva, Dean, Boston University School of Social Work and Director and Paul Farmer Professor, Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health Sandro Galea, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health 3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. KEYNOTE Charles E. Lewis, Jr., President, Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy 3:45 p.m. More

Follow Chester! Exploring Microaggressions, Civility, and Allies in Children’s Books and Beyond

Monday, October 7, 2019 1:00–2:00 p.m. DOORS OPEN, 12:30 P.M. Keefer Auditorium 72 East Concord Street Boston Please Register Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People Provided Livestreaming Available During Event Cohosted with the Activist Lab In her presentation, “Follow Chester! Exploring Microaggressions, Civility, and Allies in Children’s Books and Beyond,” Gloria Respress-Churchwell will discuss practical ways to address difficult themes with children using picture books like her children’s book, Follow Chester!. This compelling story takes us on the football field as Chester Pierce leads his team to take charge of their destiny through courage, friendship, and support to combat racism. All are welcome to this presentation in which the author will explore ways that text, images, and music can be used as tools in educating young readers about these difficult and important issues. The author will use the book’s illustrations by 2019 Coretta Scott King Honoree Laura Freeman, and she will share music developed for Follow Chester!.

400 Years of Inequality: Breaking the Cycle of Systemic Racism

Friday, October 18, 2019 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. BREAKFAST (DOORS OPEN), 8 A.M. Hiebert Lounge 72 East Concord Street Boston Please Register Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People Provided #400YearsofInequality Livestreaming Available During Event Cohosted with the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, the Museum of African American History, and the Activist Lab This day is a part of a national movement by schools of public health to engage in the observance of “400 Years of Inequality,” marking 400 years since a group of 20 Africans were first sold in bondage in Jamestown, Virginia. This Dean’s Symposium aims to use this anniversary to discuss how we can disrupt systemic racism, with forward-looking and solution-driven discussions. Agenda 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. BREAKFAST AND INFORMAL GREETINGS 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. OPENING REMARKS Sandro Galea (@sandrogalea), Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health Harold Cox, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health 8:35 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE Marita Rivero, Executive Director, Museum of African American... More

Jeffrey Sánchez: Growing up in Public Health

By Julia Garcia July 15, 2019 PROFILE SNAPSHOT For more than 16 years as a Massachusetts State Representative, Jeffrey Sánchez successfully championed public health policies and legislation centered on improving the health and well-being of his constituents in the 15th Suffolk district, as well as residents throughout the Commonwealth. Previously, Jeffrey served as the Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing and the Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health as well as the Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development. Sánchez also serves as an instructor at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Long before he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Jeffrey Sánchez was a kid growing up in the culture of public health. He was the son of an activist mother who led successful efforts to improve living conditions for Mission Hill residents. Unhappy with the health care options in New York, she had moved the family to Boston seeking a second opinion about... More

New Meningococcal School Requirements

In 2005 the FDA licensed the first meningococcal conjugate vaccine protecting against meningococcal strains A, C, W, and Y. The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) made a routine recommendation for all adolescents to receive a dose of the new vaccine at 11-12 years of age that same year. In 2010 the ACIP added a booster dose of MenACWY vaccine at 16 years of age to the routine recommendation for all adolescents to ensure adequate protection against meningococcal disease. Massachusetts has achieved high immunization rates with the first dose of MenACWY vaccine (over 90%) but rates for the booster dose both nationally and here in MA lag significantly (less than 55%). Immunization requirements for school entry for the 2019-2020 school year will remain the same. However, we want to make you aware that at the start of the 2020-2021 school year, school nurses will need to obtain an immunization record for the meningococcal conjugate vaccine for students entering the 7th and 11th grade, unless... More

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Article: Immunization Division News: Measles in Massachusetts – 2019

Due to routine childhood immunization with the MMR vaccine, measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000. That disease elimination success story is currently in jeopardy as, according to CDC, from January 1 to May 10, 2019, 839 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 23 states. This was an increase of 75 cases from the previous week and is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994. Measles has received extensive media attention, in Massachusetts and nationally, during the first few months of 2019. In Massachusetts there has been one confirmed case to date in 2019, out of 87 cases investigated. Last year, in contrast, 24 suspected measles cases were investigated during the same time period (with zero confirmed cases). The recent confirmed case in Massachusetts received quite a bit of publicity following an MDPH press release on 4/1/19 describing possible public exposures throughout the state. Individual towns where exposures took place were notified by MDPH epidemiologists. Forty of... More

Building Strong Children By Erin D. Maughan The number of students with chronic and complex health conditions significantly affects a teacher’s ability to teach and meet the needs of the whole child—especially combined with the impact of societal issues such as poverty, violence, and the growing population of families who speak a language other than English at home. Education in America is free, but healthcare is not. This fact presents a unique divide among schools and even within classrooms, where some students have parents who have good healthcare coverage and seek medical attention regularly, while others come from families who are limited to emergency room visits for chronic illnesses or only see a healthcare professional in life-threatening situations. School nurses can help bridge this divide. Often, they are the only healthcare professional that students see regularly. So when a class includes Paul (who has missed multiple days of school, seems distracted when he does attend, and often has a deep, penetrating cough), Keisha (who stays... More

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5 Ways to Become an Outstanding Nurse Leader

Health Leaders By Jennifer Thew RN  |   May 03, 2019 It's Nurses Week—a time to pause and celebrate all that nurses do. And, as the healthcare industry shares its gratitude this week for nurses, it must not forget to include nurse leaders when giving thanks. Because it's not easy being a nurse leader. "As nurse leaders, we help create circles of care, safety, reliability, quality, and trust for the patients and communities. We are guardians at the gate of all of these things," Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, chief clinical officer at AMN Healthcare, Inc., said during the AONE 2019 Keynote introduction. "Leadership in healthcare is not an easy path and, in order to do it well, we have to take time to develop ourselves and those around us," Edmonson said. Get the latest on healthcare leadership in your inbox. While much has changed since the time of Florence Nightingale, the original nurse leader,  the qualities that make a nurse leader great have not. "We must be... More

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