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The Power of Community

Upstream:New Public Health

By Andrea Blanch, Ph.D. and David Shern, Ph.D.

Two weeks ago, Liberia was officially declared “Ebola free.”  Liberia was ground zero of the Ebola epidemic, with confirmed cases in all 15 counties and almost 5,000 Ebola-related deaths.  Chronic poverty and years of civil war had devastated the country’s health care system. At the height of the epidemic, containing the disease seemed almost impossible.…

The Power of Community

Upstream:New Public Health

By Andrea Blanch, Ph.D. and David Shern, Ph.D.

Two weeks ago, Liberia was officially declared “Ebola free.”  Liberia was ground zero of the Ebola epidemic, with confirmed cases in all 15 counties and almost 5,000 Ebola-related deaths.  Chronic poverty and years of civil war had devastated the country’s health care system. At the height of the epidemic, containing the disease seemed almost impossible.…

What Did We Learn from Sandy Hook?

Upstream:New Public Health

By David L. Shern, Ph.D. and Andrea K. Blanch, Ph.D.

Nothing garners more public and policy attention to mental illness than mass shootings involving a shooter diagnosed with a mental illness.  Unfortunately, the end result of this attention is almost always negative.  With each response, the stereotyped image of “the violent mentally ill” is reinforced in the public mind.  Anti-stigma campaigns can’t…

What Did We Learn from Sandy Hook?

Upstream:New Public Health

By David L. Shern, Ph.D. and Andrea K. Blanch, Ph.D.

Nothing garners more public and policy attention to mental illness than mass shootings involving a shooter diagnosed with a mental illness.  Unfortunately, the end result of this attention is almost always negative.  With each response, the stereotyped image of “the violent mentally ill” is reinforced in the public mind.  Anti-stigma campaigns can’t…