School of public health

Renowned health economist joins YSPH

An acclaimed researcher and health economist with wide-ranging research expertise will chair the school’s Department of Health Policy and Management. Professor Jason Hockenberry, who has spent the past nine years at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, said he looks forward to working with a “stellar cadre” of faculty in the department, and at Yale in general, who are leaders in the national conversations on health and health-care policy. 

YSPH launches vaccine PSA in four languages

A motion-graphic video public service announcement about the safety and efficacy 
of mRNA vaccinations for COVID-19 has been created in four languages by the Yale School of Public Health and Augmented Island Studios. Motivated by the international need to combat widespread vaccine misinformation and to overcome vaccine hesitancy, the PSA is offered in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic. The video was created by Enrique Sánchez-Rivera, who was frustrated by misinformation and lack of attention to science. Sánchez-Rivera will be attending the Yale School of Management’s Global Executive Leadership program this fall. 

Home-based COVID-19 testing could prevent infections

Mailing a package of SARS-CoV-2 tests to every household in America and asking people to use them once a week could greatly reduce total infections and mortality at a justifiable cost, finds a new study led by YSPH. The research considers rapid antigen tests that warn people, in real-time, that they are potentially contagious and that they should isolate themselves before unknowingly spreading the disease to others.  Investigators, led by Professor A. David Paltiel, assembled data on the epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 and the natural history of COVID-19. They then used a mathematical model to estimate how many infections, hospitalizations, and deaths could be averted—and at what cost—by providing households with the technology to self-identify and self-isolate before they infect others.     

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