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This page is my digital notebook, bulletin board and sketchpad. A place to jot down what I am reading about, thinking about, and working on. A place to post random cool and interesting things I stumble upon or to share resources about important global challenges. A place to share sketches and diagrams on index cards and napkins.

Foundations for Public Health

This past summer, I had the opportunity to redesign a third piloted iteration of my inaugural online course, Foundations for Public Health, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's orientation course which has now reached over 1800 incoming graduate students. I was invited to welcome students "in-person" during their virtual orientation, and spoke to them about the profound importance of their decision to pursue a future in public health in the time of COVID-19. Read more in this Harvard Gazette article that reports on university-wide efforts to prepare students for remote learning.

A Conversation with Dr. Suraya Dalil

I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Suraya Dalil, former Minister of Public Health for Afghanistan, and a woman I consider a colleague, role model, and friend. Her elegant narrative of a lifetime of challenges intertwined with profound moments of optimism exudes principled passion, unwavering commitment, and an infectious hope for Afghanistan's future. Our conversation was part of the "Voices in Leadership" series at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Read blog posting and news.

COVID-19: Teaching Transitions

With the transition of Harvard classes to online formats last semester, I transformed my brick-and-mortar undergraduate course, Gen Ed 1063 World Health: Challenges and Opportunities, into a multimodal learning environment. Take a look at our make-shift production studios, check out content prototypes, and read about what we are working on and learning. Here is a collection of interviews I did as a part of Harvard's Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) on how to design and iterate for online teaching.

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Lessons in Global Health Solidarity

In the Harvard College course I teach on World Health: Challenges and Opportunities, the COVID-19 pandemic emergency served as a global health lesson in itself, and in real time. On the day that President Trump announced that he would halt funding for the World Health Organization, I sent this message to my students:

"This week, we learned about global governance, the UN and the role of the WHO, and some of the challenges related to the funding of global public goods when dues are voluntary. We count on "global solidarity" and "mutual accountability" to drive transnational efforts to control global risks, whether they be climate change or pandemics. In one of my videos, I ask you to consider the four functions of global governance for health, and to listen to a talk and interview through that lens. And I add, please consider the daily news in the U.S. and ask yourself, are we acting like a responsible partner on the planet to other nations.

As one of the wealthiest countries in the world, this is nothing short of tragic in terms of the symbolism and the pragmatic impact. I never thought that you would have such a powerful example when I suggested you listen to the news closely this week to see if you could ask yourself some tough questions about how we are engaging in the world, and what the implications are for international collective and collaborative action against some of the greatest threats of the next century."

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History of Public Health

This animation on the History of Public Health was developed as part of a larger project: redesigning and creating an online orientation course for the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s incoming graduate students. The course—Foundations for Public Health—was developed to serve as an introduction to public health and establish a solid foundation for students’ education and engagement over the course of their graduate experience, and into their public health careers. This animated voiceover summarizes the evolution of public health from its inception in the 1700s through to the 1988 report, The Disarray of Public Health: A Threat to the Health of the Public, from the Institute of Medicine.

Gun Violence

This resource pack on Gun Violence and Public Health was curated by the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University to accompany the webcast seminar The Gun Violence Epidemic: Protecting the Public’s Health from The Forum at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and is updated regularly with current, critical information related to gun violence.

 

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Animation: Does Claudia have COVID-19?

In this animation about “Claudia” who becomes exposed and infected with COVID-19, I explore test characteristics and how they allow us to make more informed clinical decisions.