James Macinko Reports on a Health Reform Innovation in Brazil

Brazil’s family health program uses a medical team — a doctor, nurse, medical assistant, and up to six community health workers – to provide primary care, make home visits, and educate communities in an effort to help improve the health of 100 million people they serve. Macinko’s study found that from 1999 to 2007, hospitalizations in Brazil for ambulatory care–sensitive chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, and asthma, fell at almost twice the rate of hospitalizations for all other causes.

Perry Halkitis on Methamphetamine Addiction

“The drug, methamphetamine, interests me because its use transcends race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status, and level of education,” says Perry Halkitis. Halkitis’ Methamphetamine Addiction: Biological Foundations, Psychological Factors, and Social Consequences (American Psychological Association, 2009), is one of the most comprehensive books in print about methamphetamine addiction. “There is no simple, linear path to […]

Institute for Education and Social Policy to Study Link Between Food Policy, Obesity, and Academic Performance

“Understanding how schools shape the health and fitness of their students is a critical step in making positive changes in our education system.” says Amy Ellen Schwartz, a professor of public policy, and director of Steinhardt’s Institute for Education and Social Policy (IESP). Schwartz and her team are looking at the connection between food policy, […]

Lancaster Brings High Blood Pressure Intervention to Black Churches with FAITH Project

Kristie Lancaster, associate professor in nutrition, has embarked on a project called Fruitful Activity and Intake to Triumph in Hypertension (FAITH), a five-year trial funded by a $737,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health. … Lancaster believes that after six months, members in the treatment group will exhibit a drop in their blood pressure and will be eating more fruits and vegetables than those in her control group.

In Puebla, Mexico, Studying New York City’s Future Immigrants In Situ

  More than half of New York City’s Mexican immigrants hail from Puebla, Mexico. “Migrants travel with their belief systems and their attitudes towards health services and these, in turn, shape their expectations and encounters towards services in the United States,” says Yumary Ruiz, a clinical assistant professor in Steinhardt’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and […]