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DPM Faculty Receive Prestigious Mentoring Awards

DPM Professor and Vice-Chair Emily Oken, MD, MPH and Assistant Professor Jason Block, MD, MPH are the recipients of the Excellence in Mentoring Awards from Harvard Medical School in recognition of their distinguished records of mentoring.  The Excellence in Mentoring Awards were established to recognize the value of quality mentoring relationships and the impact they have on professional development and career advancement in basic/clinical medicine, research, teaching, and administrati

DPM Chair Richard Platt receives prestigious mentoring award

Richard Platt, MD, MSc, is the recipient of the 2016 SHEA Mentor Scholar Award in recognition of his distinguished record in mentoring fellows and junior faculty, many of whom have gone on to be leaders in infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology. The SHEA Mentor Scholar Award is intended to honor an individual recognized for his/her dedication and excellence in mentoring trainees in infection prevention and control.

Assistant Professor Jason Block serving as Senior Advisor to the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services

Jason Block, MD, MPH, Associate Director of the Obesity Prevention Program in DPM is leading a strategic planning effort at DHHS to develop federal policy in nutrition and physical activity.  Jason’s research focuses on nutrition policy, along with more recent work on PCORnet.  As part of his work on nutrition policy, he recently took on an actual policy role.

Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine

Congratulations to Assistant Professors, Laura Garabedian and Melissa Gilkey who were selected as recipients of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute Department of Population Medicine Robert H. Ebert, MD Fellowship, which is part of the Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  A reception honoring this years’ Fellows will be held on Monday, November 21st at the Joseph B.

Save the Date

This annual event was established in 2000, in honor of the first chairman of the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention, now Harvard Medical School’s Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute.  

Many Parents Don’t Understand Their Children’s Asthma Medications

Led by DPM researchers Ann Wu, MD, MPHLingling Li, PhD, and Alison Galbraith, MD, MPH, the study included 740 providers and parents of children age 4-11 years with one or more diagnoses of asthma and one or more dispensing of asthma controller medications.  Those with severe asthma were excluded.  The parents and providers were surveyed by mail, telephone, web, or in person.   

JAMA Medical News & Perspectives highlights the FDA Sentinel Initiative

A new Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article highlights the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Sentinel Initiative.  The JAMA Medical News & Perspectives piece focuses on the progress to date with Sentinel, which was designed to identify potential safety issues by using electronic data to evaluate the safety of marketed drugs, devices, and biologics.  Sentinel’s coordinating center is located at the HPHC Institute and led by DPM Chair Richard Platt, MD, MS