News Bulletin

JUNE 2021

Research Highlights

AHEaD Summer Research Program Launches with a Cohort of 12

In our inaugural year of the Stanford Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEaD) summer research program, our call for applications was met with tremendous interest and enthusiasm. We received over 1,100 applications from incredibly talented and deserving undergraduate students from across the country. 12 students from traditionally underrepresented populations were ultimately selected to participate in our 8-week Summer 2021 research program, which officially launched on Monday, June 21st. This program aims to provide training, professional development forums, and population health and health equity research experience (with faculty and near-peer mentors) to the next generation of population health scientists. To learn more about AHEaD, please visit our website. Student profiles will be posted soon.

Seven Awardees Selected for 2021 Spectrum Pilot Grants in Population Health Sciences

The Spectrum Population Health Sciences Pilot Grants Program is intended to stimulate novel research that can advance our understanding of how environments, policies and programs impact population health and social inequalities in health. Seven transdisciplinary awardees were selected to be part of the 2021 cohort. Their projects range from assessing the health risks of natural gas flaring and venting to identifying opportunities to improve health inequities for pregnant people. To read more about these grantees and their projects, please visit our website.

PHS Seed Grant Awardee Uses Modelling to Assess Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake and Promote Equity at the State Level

Modelling highlights disparities and charts paths to unlocking more equitable COVID-19 vaccination for disadvantaged populations within states and across the US. That was the key takeaway from the inaugural session of the New Frontiers in Precision Population Health & Health Equity Seminar Series, co-hosted by PHS and the Department of Epidemiology & Population Health on April 28th and featuring Marissa Reitsma, a Spectrum PHS Pilot Grant Awardee and PhD Student in Health Policy. Read the PHS News release and access the Health Affairs publication.

News & Announcements

Harnessing Digital Technologies to Advance Global Precision Health and Development Panel Session

In this second session of the New Frontiers in Precision Population Health & Health Equity Seminar Series, Keynote Speaker Brigitte Gosselink from, and panelists from Rockefeller Foundation and Stanford University engaged in a lively discussion about the potential for digital technologies to significantly reduce global health and development inequalities. This event was co-hosted by PHS, the Department of Epidemiology & Population Health, and the King Center on Global Development. Access the full-length event recording.

Climate Change Linked to Longer Allergy Season in Bay Area, Stanford Study Finds

Air levels of pollen and mold spores in the San Francisco Bay Area are elevated for about two more months per year than in past decades, and higher temperatures are to blame, a Stanford Medicine study has found. Lead author and PHS Postdoctoral Research Fellow Bibek Paudel and faculty researcher Kari Nadeau are featured. Read more.

Childbirth's Unequal Burden: Going Beyond Statistics to End Life-Threatening Racism in Maternal Care

In this Stanford Scope Blog post and corresponding Stanford Medicine Magazine story, 2021 Spectrum PHS Pilot Grant Awardee Stephanie Leonard discusses her research, which was informed by PHS datasets and helps to illuminate the ways pregnant and birthing women in the U.S. are not treated equally. She states, "We all deserve to be able to expect equal treatment when we receive medical care." Read more. Contact PHS Executive Director Lesley Sept ( if you would like to pursue PHS-aligned research and/or utilize PHS datasets in your work. 

Professors Explain the Social Cost of Carbon and How It Relates to Social Justice

Carbon emissions are not only causing widespread and potentially irreversible damage to the environment but also may have significant impacts on the economy and on lower-income communities, who are disproportionately impacted by climate warming. Here, PHS Faculty Fellow Marshall Burke and Stanford colleague Lawrence Goulder explain one tool for understanding those impacts: the social cost of carbon. Burke and Goulder describe what the social cost of carbon is, how it is calculated and used in policymaking, and how it relates to environmental justice. Read more. 

Upcoming Events

Save-the-Date! Stanford AI + Health Online Conference

December 8-9, 2021

PHS researchers will be participating in a session on precision population health and health equity as part of this large online conference hosted by Stanford University's Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI). Experts and leaders from academia, industry, government, and clinical practice will explore critical and emerging issues related to AI's impact across the spectrum of health, healthcare, and related arenas. Content will be relevant to practitioners, researchers, executives, policymakers, and professionals, with and without technical expertise. Sign up for the interest list or join our mailing list to stay informed of event details.
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