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  • Our presenter is Scott D. Halpern, M.D., Ph.D, who is the John M. Eisenberg Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, and a practicing intensive care doctor. He is the founding Director of the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center, which generates evidence to advance policies and practices that improve the lives of all people affected by serious illness. 

    The title of his presentation is “Improving Serious Illness Care through Large Pragmatic Trials”.  All are welcome.

  • Join Virtual Event Code: Link will be sent upon RSVP.

    Please join us on Wednesday, September 23rd at 1PM EST for a presentation by Dr. Nicole Nugent: “Ecological Sampling of Affect, Social Context and Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors.” For adolescents hospitalized for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, the transition from inpatient to the home environment is a high risk time for repeated attempts, re-hospitalization, and even death by suicide. However, most research aimed at understanding the factors that contribute to this risk is implemented retrospectively, resulting in a host of biases in reporting and preventing treatment developers from fully capitalizing on intervention efforts that could be implemented in the real world after adolescents leave inpatient.

    Dr. Nugent’s research (R01MH105379) used ecological sampling methods to assess adolescent affect, social experiences, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors in real time over the course of 3 weeks following discharge from inpatient hospitalization. Preliminary analyses support the importance of understanding dynamic affect in the moment, with ecological momentary assessment, the electronically activated recorder, and online social networking. Nuances of this work and clinical implications for translation to just in time adaptive interventions (JITAIs) will be briefly described.

    Nicole Nugent, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Pediatrics, and Emergency Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is a child clinical psychologist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Dr. Nugent is Associate Director of the Center for Digital Health, where she collaborates with colleagues throughout the digital health community to develop impactful tools for scientific understanding and individual treatment. She is also Director of the Rhode Island Resilience Project and Associate Director of the Stress Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Institute, positions aimed at furthering the field of traumatic stress through research, training, and community outreach. Dr. Nugent serves as Director of Resilience and Psychological Services at the Hasbro Pediatric Refugee Clinic, a role that informs research efforts that permit translation to intervention across diverse populations.

    *Location: Zoom meeting
    *Time: Wed. September 23rd @ 1:00-2:00 EST

    ***RSVP here and we will send you the calendar invite***

    Contact us at [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions. We hope to see you there!

  • Virtual

    Pediatric Grand Rounds

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    September 25, 2020



    Sarbattama “Rimi” Sen, MD

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

    Harvard Medical School



    Maternal Obesity and Lactational Programming of Infant Health”



    • Review the intergenerational nature of the obesity epidemic
    • Discuss what is currently known about maternal BMI and breastmilk composition
    • Examine how these differences in breastmilk composition may impact infant health outcomes
    • Evaluate potential interventions
  • Virtual

    i-BSHS Seminar Series: Lisa Bowleg, MA, PhD

    Location: Zoom Cost: Free
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    “The Problem with the Phrase “Women and Minorities”: Intersectionality, An Indispensable Critical Theoretical Framework for Behavioral and Social Health Science Research”

    Friday, September 25, 2020
     12:00 PM – 12:55 PM
    Zoom ID: 945 5755 6126

    Historically rooted in Black feminist activism, intersectionality is a critical theoretical framework that posits that power and social inequity are differently structured, and vary based on people’s multiple and intersecting demographic positions (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, gender and sexual minority status, socioeconomic status). Intersectionality has made impressive inroads within the behavioral and social health sciences (BSHS) in recent years. It enhances BSHS research by challenging “single-axis” assumptions such as that connoted by the phrase “women and minorities,” and centering the experiences and needs of people marginalized by intersectional discrimination. This presentation will: (1) provide an overview of intersectionality, its history, and core tenets; (2) describe how intersectionality challenges conventional assumptions about groups of people and social issues; (3) highlight applications of intersectionality to NIH-funded health research with U.S. Black men; and (4) discuss why critical perspectives such as intersectionality are indispensable for BSGS researchers committed to social justice work.


    Lisa Bowleg, Ph.D. is Professor of Applied Social Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at The George Washington University (GW), Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the DC-Center for AIDS Research, and the Founding Director of the Intersectionality Training Institute at GW. She is a leading scholar of the application of intersectionality to social and behavioral science research, as well as research focused on HIV prevention and sexuality in Black communities.

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    Please join us on Wednesday, September 30th for a presentation by Intus Care: “Machine Learning, Social Determinants, and Electronic Health Record Data to Reduce Preventable Long Term Care Utilization.” This presentation will outline our methodology in applying machine learning algorithms to the electronic health records of patients on a managed Medicare-Medicaid health plan. We used our algorithms to risk score participants and predict costs associated with potentially preventable hospitalizations (PPHs). Our processes included the use of machine learning for cost forecasting and risk grouping, clinical analyses, and health record integration.

    *Location: Zoom meeting

    *Time: Wed. September 30th @ 1:00-2:00 EST

    ***RSVP through the Eventbrite link, and we will send you the calendar invite***


    Robbie Felton is a senior undergraduate public health/pre-med concentrator from Ann Arbor, Michigan. During his time at Brown, he served as the president of the class of 2021 (3 years) as well as a member of the varsity football team (2 years). His research focuses on the use of digital health technology for innovation in care delivery and coordination with a focus on geriatric care.

    Will Mims is a senior undergraduate behavioral decision sciences and economics concentrator from Asheville, North Carolina. During his time at Brown, Will played on the varsity soccer team (4 years) and served the community through athletic and academic mentorship in local schools. His research focuses on implementing preventative healthcare interventions to older adults, improving care outcomes, and optimizing resources.

    Isabella Henderson is a senior at Brown University from Boston, Massachusetts studying Health and Human Biology along the pre-med track. Isabella has done preliminary research on community health in four continents and aims to continue studying cultural competency and the social effects of health. Her current research examines disease burden and disparities amongst at-risk geriatric populations.


    Contact us at [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions. We hope to see you there!

  • Aging & Dementia Research Presentation via Zoom: “Early Behavioral and Neural Markers of Alzheimer’s Disease”

    Location: Rhode Island Hospital Room: Ambulatory Patient Center, Leone Conference Room 133 Cost: Free
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    “Early Behavioral and Neural Markers of Alzheimer’s Disease”

    Hwamee Oh, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

    Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

    September 30, 2020

    1 to 2 PM

    This will be held via Zoom: 

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  • Virtual

    A Conversation with Heidi Larson

    Location: Virtual
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    Please Join Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health for a conversation with Heidi J. Larson, PhD, director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

    In this webinar, Professor Larson – anthropologist and international expert on risk and decision science – surveys the factors — social, psychological, political, historical and cultural — that influence attitudes to vaccines. She will also discuss the role that public health researchers play in dispelling rumors and misinformation in the era of COVID-19.

    She is the founding director of The Vaccine Confidence Project, a WHO Centre of Excellence that tracks vaccine hesitancy and offers mechanisms to bridge trust as well as curb misinformation.

    Larson’s research focuses on the social and political factors that affect uptake of health interventions and influence policies. Her particular interests are risk and rumor management and building public trust. She is also the author of Stuck: How Vaccine Rumors Start—and Why They Don’t Go Away.

    Registration for this webinar is limited and on a first come first serve basis.

  • John Balmes, MD
    Professor of Medicine

    University of California, San Francisco
    Director, Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

    John R. Balmes is a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences whose research is focused on the respiratory, cardiovascular and metabolic health effects of various air pollutants and occupational agents.

    Lecture support provided by the CardioPulmonary Vascular Biology COBRE.


    Decoding Disparities Lecture Series

    Decoding Disparities is supported by the Paul Levinger Professorship Pro Tem in the Economics of Health Care. It is sponsored by The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Brown School of Public Health to examine health inequity and to outline steps toward a more equitable and just health care system. This lecture was established in 1987 to honor the memory of Paul Levinger by a gift from his wife, Ruth N. Levinger, on behalf of the Levinger family. The Levingers’ daughter and son-in-law, Bette Levinger Cohen and John M. Cohen ’59, MD were instrumental in Mrs. Levinger’s decision to make this gift.

    This live activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    To claim credit, please register at
  • Virtual

    Race & Public Health in America

    Location: Online Room: Zoom Cost: Free
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    Race & Public Health in America

    Please join us for a panel discussion, Race & Public Health in America on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at 12 p.m. The discussion will feature:

    • Lundy Braun, Professor of Medical Science, Professor of Africana Studies
    • Akilah Dulin, Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences
    • Ashish Jha, Dean of the School of Public Health

    The event will be moderated by Ronald Aubert, Visiting Professor of the Practice, CSREA and School of Public Health.

    Registration is now open.

    For more information and to register for Race & Public Health in America, please visit, .

    This panel discussion series has been curated by Brown’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America in partnership with the Office of the Provost.


    To request accommodations or assistance for this event, please contact the University Event & Conference Services Office at [email protected] or 401-863-3100.

  • Join Virtual Event Code: Zoom link will be sent upon RSVP.

    Please join us on Wednesday, October 7th at 1PM EST for a presentation by Amy Zimmerman, MPH: “Development of a Statewide HIT Strategic Roadmap and Implementation Plan.” This presentation will describe the rationale and process for developing a Statewide Strategic HIT roadmap, along with an overview of the Roadmap Strategies, Tactics, implementation approach, and progress to date. This will be followed by an interactive discussion where participants will be able to provide ask questions, provide general feedback, and identify areas of interest and ideas for collaboration with the Center for Digital Health.

    Amy serves as Rhode Island’s State Health Information (HIT) Coordinator. In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of RI’s statewide strategic HIT roadmap, the Promoting Interoperability Program, state efforts around expanding RI’s Health Information Exchange administered by the Rhode Island Quality Institute, and the statewide quality reporting system. Amy is focused on aligning numerous HIT activities across the EOHHS state agencies and with the private sector, reducing provider burden, assisting with interagency HIT initiatives such as RI’s All Payer Claims Database and engaging patients. Previously Amy worked at the Rhode Island Department of Health as the Chief of Health Information Technology; and Chief, Office of Children’s Preventive Services. Amy has a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina.

    *Location: Zoom meeting

    *Time: Wed. October 7th @ 1:00-2:00 EST

    ***RSVP on Eventbrite, and you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link***

    Contact us at [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions. We hope to see you there!

  • Virtual

    Conducting Virtual Interviews

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    This session is designed specifically for faculty and administrators from fellowship and residency programs who will be implementing candidate interviews on a virtual platform this fall. The session will be offered twice- once in September and once in October (register for one).
    This year is characterized by unprecedented changes in medical training application systems and calendars. The lack of in-person interview days creates a variety of challenges for faculty and administrators. Beyond just the choice of virtual platform, how will your program communicate its particular culture to candidates? How can your faculty best engage (and evaluate) a candidate’s “fit” with that program, virtually? This discussion-based workshop provides a forum for programs to share ideas and innovations, and to create a set of “best practices” when it comes to conducting virtual interviews in the fall.
    Thursday September 10, 3:00-4:00pm
    Wednesday October 14, 3:00-4:00pm
  • Virtual

    Disparities in Cancer Prevention and Care

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    Otis Brawley, MD
    Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
    Professor of Oncology
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Dr. Brawley leads a broad interdisciplinary research effort of cancer health disparities at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, working to close racial, economic and social disparities in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer in the United States and worldwide.

    He also directs community outreach programs for underserved populations throughout Maryland as the Kimmel Cancer Center’s associate director for community outreach and engagement.

    A former professor of oncology and hematology and deputy director for cancer control at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University in Atlanta, Dr. Brawley is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

    The Decoding Disparities Lecture Series

    The Decoding Disparities Lecture Series is sponsored by The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Brown School of Public Health to examine health inequity and to outline steps toward a more equitable and just health care system.

    The series is supported by The Paul Levinger Professorship Pro Tem in the Economics of Health Care. This lecture was established in 1987 to honor the memory of Paul Levinger by a gift from his wife, Ruth N. Levinger, on behalf of the Levinger family. The Levingers’ daughter and son-in-law, Bette Levinger Cohen and John M. Cohen ’59, MD were instrumental in Mrs. Levinger’s decision to make this gift.