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HBS Stories and News 

From alumni updates to research initiatives, learn more about all of the latest developments happening here at HBS.

Chrystal Okonta

Alumni Spotlight: Chrystal Okonta

HBS alum, Chrystal Okonta, MSPH '19, reflects on fostering health equity, building an effective health communication campaign, and addressing food safety in her role at the USDA during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

September 28, 2020

HBS Awards and Accomplishments

HBS Awards and Accomplishments: August 2020

A monthly series featuring ten awards and accomplishments across the Department of Health, Behavior & Society.

September 14, 2020

Research News Brief

Research News Brief: Researchers Propose New Framework to Address the Opioid Epidemic’s Social Roots, Decrease Drug-Related Deaths

New study uses a social determinants of health approach to evaluate the opioid epidemic, offering a six-strategy framework to curb long-term drug-related deaths in the U.S.

August 24, 2020

Ars Medica

Alumni Spotlight: HBS Alums Launch Ars Medica, a Nonprofit to Humanize the Culture of Medicine

HBS alums, Marielle “Mari” Bugayong, MSPH ’19, and Javier de la Maza, MSPH ’19, share the story behind their nonprofit, Ars Medica – from launching the organization as HBS students to COVID-19’s impact on the group’s mission and vision.

August 13, 2020

HBS Awards and Accomplishments

HBS Awards and Accomplishments: July 2020

A monthly series featuring ten awards and accomplishments across the Department of Health, Behavior & Society.

August 12, 2020

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Alumni Spotlight: Blake Reilly

HBS alum, Blake Reilly, MSPH ’19, talks health communication, higher education administration, and how COVID-19 has impacted his role as an assistant dean at Bates College.

August 12, 2020

Research News Brief

Research News Brief: Religious Coping May Hold Quality of Life Benefits for Men with Prostate Cancer

New research explores the implications of religion and faith on quality of life for Black and white men with prostate cancer. 

July 15, 2020

Alena Frey In Memoriam

In Memoriam: A Tribute to Alena Frey from the MHS 2021 Cohort

Members of the HBS Master of Health Science (MHS) 2021 cohort honor the memory of their classmate, Alena Frey, in a new letter. 

July 14, 2020

HBS Awards and Accomplishments

HBS Awards and Accomplishments: June 2020

A monthly series featuring ten awards and accomplishments across the Department of Health, Behavior & Society.

July 9, 2020

Supporting Our International Student Community

HBS Statement on Supporting Our International Student Community

The Department of Health, Behavior & Society stands in solidarity with our international student community.

July 9, 2020

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Alumni Spotlight: Mollie Cueva-Dabkoski

Former HBS student, Mollie Cueva-Dabkoski (KSAS ’17), discusses mixed identity, the intersection of sociology and public health, and her position at the ACLU.

June 16, 2020

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Student Showcase: Lauren Dayton

PhD student, Lauren Dayton, talks about tackling structural inequalities in COVID-19 prevention, avoiding burnout, and maintaining a balance between public health research, practice, and advocacy. 

June 11, 2020

HBS Awards and Accomplishments

HBS Awards and Accomplishments: May 2020

A monthly series featuring ten awards and accomplishments across the Department of Health, Behavior & Society.

June 1, 2020

Shauna Harrison

New Course Highlight: The Wellness Industry and Public Health

HBS alum, Shauna Harrison (JHSPH ’11), reflects on pursuing a career at the intersection of public health and fitness and creating her new HBS Summer Institute course: The Wellness Industry and Public Health.

May 19, 2020

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New Course Highlight: Effective Risk Communication to Overcome Health Disparities During a Pandemic

HBS professor, Douglas Storey, reflects on COVID-19, health equity, and his new HBS Summer Institute course: Effective Risk Communication to Overcome Health Disparities During a Pandemic.

May 11, 2020

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Alumni Spotlight: Delaney McGuire

MSPH grad, Delaney McGuire, talks jazz, networking, and landing her consulting role at Deloitte.

May 4, 2020