Let The Games Begin—With Caution
Enjoy a safe Olympics in Rio.
Story by Gary Gately • Illustration by Daniel Basil/Portal Da Copa
Neither zika nor waterborne illnesses are dashing the hopes of Paulo Feijó Barroso, MD, PhD ’00, who holds tickets for two Olympic sprinting events.
Like him, most spectators wanting to attend the 2016 Games, which run AUGUST 5-21 in Rio, needn’t worry or change their plans, says the associate professor of infectious diseases in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.
“Threats from Zika and waterborne illnesses are greatly exaggerated,” Barroso reassures. “There’s no reason for most people to stay away.”
Zika—transmitted primarily by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in March and April, not in August, one of the coolest months in Rio—poses little risk, Barroso says. He recommends prudent precautions: updating immunizations, using bed nets and applying bug repellents to skin and pants and long-sleeved shirts. However, he does advise women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant soon to avoid travel to Brazil because of the risk of transmitting Zika to fetuses.
Mosquitoes and standing water coexist, of course, but insects aren’t the only health-related threat. Rio’s waters are notoriously polluted.
Barroso advises visitors to check online updates from the Brazilian government about the status of Rio beaches bordering Guanabara Bay, an Olympic venue. Swimmers might opt instead for the Atlantic Ocean, which he frequents. He also recommends drinking bottled water.
The future is the focus on June 9 for one of the School’s most anticipated Centennial events.
Story by Jackie Powder
A special JUNE 9 Bloomberg School will gather top writers on health issues to share their insights into what’s ahead in pandemics, social justice and other areas.
The event, which will also be webcast, will feature writers’ unique perspectives on the future of public health, based on their careful study of current issues.
With mass audience readership, the writers’ work helps to shape public opinion and attitudes on critical public health concerns.
Through informal talks and in conversation with moderator Nancy Snyderman, the writers will share bold visions for future challenges and opportunities in health.
BRING ON THE CAKE!
The School officially reaches the century mark on JUNE 13, 2016, and we’re throwing a Centennial birthday bash!
There will be plenty of birthday cake to go around as the entire School commemorates its founding as the first independent, degree-granting school of public health.
There are also plans to celebrate the occasion in a unique and fun way with others who will always remember June 13, 2016 as a special day. We’re looking forward to recognizing all new babies born at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in East Baltimore with a special Centennial Baby Basket, recognizing our committed history to our home here in East Baltimore.
Maybe in 25 years or so, we’ll welcome a Centennial baby as a student!
The centennial isn’t the year’s only important anniversary.
Fifteen years ago, the School was renamed in honor of Michael R. Bloomberg for his unprecedented support of the School and the University.
As a public official and private philanthropist, Bloomberg has demonstrated a passionate commitment to public health. As New York City mayor from 2002 to 2013, he pioneered bold public health initiatives, including sweeping anti-smoking measures. His foundation has taken on tobacco control and road safety in developing countries. In the U.S., Bloomberg is a leading proponent of gun safety laws.
“Mike gets it,” observed Alfred Sommer, then dean of the newly renamed School. “He really understands our mission, our accomplishments … and our potential to do even more.”
Centennial ConnectionThe latest on all Centennial happenings: jhsph.edu/centennial
Stop The Dying
Experts pursue equity issues at AIDS 2016 in Durban.
Story by Maryalice Yakutchik • Illustration by Brian Stauffer/The ispot
"Access Equity Rights Now”—the theme of AIDS 2016—succinctly outlines the most pressing topics slated for the 21st biennial International AIDS Conference, to be held JULY 18–22 in Durban, South Africa.
Getting HIV prevention and treatment services to those in dire need—notably gay and bisexual men, sex workers, prisoners and drug users—remains an issue, says the Bloomberg School’s Chris Beyrer, AIDS 2016 co-chair and president of the International AIDS Society.
Widespread violations of human rights continue to undermine effective HIV prevention and treatment efforts, as does a lack of urgency.
“We have had a spectacular string of research advances,” says Beyrer, MD, MPH ’91, citing the HIV-prevention method known as PrEP, which involves individuals taking daily meds to lower their chances of getting infected. “The big challenge now is, do we have the political will to implement these advances to reduce new infections and stop the dying?”
Further threats to already flat funding and waning donor interest mean it’s too soon to declare victory. “Much too soon,” he adds.
Vulnerable at Society's Margins
1 in 2
The linfetime probability of black men who have sex with men (MSM) in the U.S. acquiring HIV infection.
People worldwide living with HIV; of those, 22 million are without treatment.
MSM living in low-income countries who report meaningful access to HIV treatment.
Those under the age of 15 who were newly infected with HIV in 2014.
Lifetime probability of a teen girl in Botswana acquiring HIV, compared with 0% for teen girls in Sweden.
Target that calls for 90% of all people with HIV to be diagnosed; 90% of those on treatment; and 90% of those to have viral suppression by 2020.
The Word on Wolfe Street
"It’s what the world has shown it can do, and if it puts its collective minds and wills together, it can do so again, I’m quite sure."
The mass exodus of refugees from Southeast Asia in the 1970s prompted a comprehensive international agreement to resettle 3 million people—a historical response that may hold lessons for addressing Europe’s current refugee crisis, said Courtland Robinson in a MARCH 18 BBC interview.
Stream It: BBC.co.uk
why advocacy matters to me
"As a health services researcher, I haven’t succeeded until I’ve presented my evidence for preventing pressure ulcers in hospital patients in a way that leads to change in staff culture and process."
Online Programs for Applied Learning
3 Questions for Elizabeth Golub, PhD
Interview by Salma Warshanna-Sparklin • Photography by Chris Myers
On SEPTEMBER 1, the Bloomberg School launches its first fully online part-time program—the Master of Applied Science in Spatial Analysis for Public Health—to teach students the power of geographic data in public health investigations. A series of skill-building programs in other focus areas is in the works, says director Elizabeth Golub.
Why spatial analysis?
It’s about using maps to show disease distribution in a population, to identify causative agents and to explore ways to stop the spread of disease—all dire needs in public health.
Who will it help?
Working professionals who want to enhance their skills in using geographic data to analyze health trends, leading to a stronger public health workforce.
What should applicants know?
No prior experience with Geographic Information Systems is required. The part-time program can be completed in as little as two to four years. And scholarships are available.
More Info: MAS Spatial Analysis